Thursday, 17 April 2014

It Doesn't Matter If It's Small, It's How You Use it That Counts ....

 
Remember our lush green paddock, well it's been undergoing some massive changes over the last few days.  We are the talk of the Gardening Club, and yesterday at the gym I was answering lots of questions about what was going on.

 
It all started last weekend when the 'boy with the big toy' arrived.  He wasn't really a boy, he was a really nice friendly chap and his toy wasn't that big really but .... it doesn't matter if it's small it's how you use it that counts!! 
 
And boy oh boy did he know how to handle his little digger thingy. 

 
His first job was to scrape off all the grass in the area we had marked out, then with that neatly piled up to the side he went down a level and piled all the good top soil on top of the grass so that as it sits waiting for the raised vegetable beds to be built it will compost away the grass and roots, and hopefully we will have some more top soil.  This is really good soil, after all it has only ever been a paddock for sheep to graze on and they have manured it wonderfully over the years.

 
When everything had been scraped up that needed to be scraped up he changed the end thingy on his digger (sorry I'm getting so technical here .... haha) and then proceeded to get really good defined levels.  The top level will be for the raised beds, the next step down will be the net tunnel, which will be used for delicate and salady crops (to foil the rabbits hopefully) and the lowest stage will be for the polytunnel. 
 
Any objections for the polytunnel have to be in by this Friday ready for the planning meeting next week, so hopefully we will hear very soon if we can go ahead with it.

 
He had just enough room for his soil mountain next to where we had put the fruit trees the other week.  You'd almost think we'd planned it  ;-)

 
After Suky had inspected the work and found it to her satisfaction ....

 
.. we all trudged to the top of the hill, sat on the edge of the grass and surveyed our new soily kingdom.
 
Now we're itching to get started.  The first raised bed to go in should be done tomorrow, if the weather is on our side ... and it's a very special one.
 
Sue xx
 
 
 
 
 

25 comments:

  1. Brilliant !! What a good, sound start to growing. I must admit it has taken us years of sprockling around to get anywhere near as organised as you!
    Happy Planting!
    Gill

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  2. Hi if Your little dog hasnot come back yet you can register on various sites. Doglost.co.uk is a good one and they also have a facebook sites doglost Wales and doglost North west. Hope you find her soon

    Sue

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  3. Oh Sue how exciting for you, hope there is good news in the end for your polytunnel.

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  4. Wow, its going to wonderful. Can't wait to see what you plant.

    X x

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  5. What I wouldn't give for a digger thingy like that!
    Jane x

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    1. What WE wouldn't give for one too!!

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  6. Now wondering what special stuff you are putting in the first bed.........asparagus?. Rhubarb? ah I know Fruit bushes? am I getting warm

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  7. How satisfying. We will be in our garden most of the Easter holiday, apart from a trip out to.............. a garden show.

    Jean x

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  8. How exciting for you , hope all goes to plan x

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  9. Another one sitting here thinking how exciting this all looks! Hope it all goes to plan and you get your polytunnels up soon xx

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  10. That all looks amazing. I hope you get the poly tunnels you want. I'm really looking forward to growing things this year. Will be looking forward to hearing what you are growing also.

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  11. Ah, the benefits of using heavy duty machinery :)

    Planting artichokes?

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  12. Sue, it looks amazing. What vision you both have:) much love Karan xxxx

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    1. Good luck with the poly tunnel - we've managed to dodge the planning bullet for our latest project. Our permitted development letter was returned within the week with approval.

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  14. Good luck with the planning - and diggers are SO useful - we love our JCB ! - maybe LH should get one to " do up"? ha ha and Sue you could drive it ( I love driving ours)

    We are coming over to the Dyfi Osprey Project soonish - anywhere near you? Would love to drop in? Email me if so :)

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    1. I think we are about 1.5 hours away from there, you are very welcome to call by anytime :-)

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  15. What a fantastic, huge, space to grow your fruit and veg. Looking forward to all things piggy, when you get them

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  16. Wonderful. It's all coming together nicely x

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  17. Looking good. I'm very worried about Mavis. Hope she is alright.

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  18. Looks good. Spending time on the infrastructure of your small holding and garden is time well spent. I'll look forward to seeing how it progresses.

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  19. How exciting! Hope you can get the raised beds up and running for some food crops this summer. Good luck!

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  20. Hello there,you have a lovely Blog-i have come to join you as a follower so i can follow your new life-we moved to the country from the middle of a town and love it!I would happily go even more rural than this though-and although we dabble in growing our own veg to be totally self sufficient would be a dream ,I am a cardmaker and crafter,vegetarian,and lover of animals(owner of too many lol!!)
    Have a lovely day,Nessa xx
    Have a lovely day

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