The soil was "just on the damp side" for turning but due to the stiff westerly wind & plenty of sunshine drying out the soil quickly I carried on. It's not advisable to dig clay when it is wet, not only is it heavy work but the soil structure can be damaged, leaving small dry lumps of clay on the surfaces.
|New Bed in Forground Sweetcorn Bed Background Manured & Turned|
The remainder of my beds on both plots should be ready for rotavating by Monday if the weather remains dry until then. Up until last October I have never used a rotavator on my plots, preferring to use garden forks & spades for turning the soil but working 2 plots is a different "kettle of fish", using forks & spades will be too time consuming overall. After the rotavating is done it will be time to concentrate on "traying" & "potting up" more seeds.
My Brussel Sprouts are growing well in the greenhouse & it looks like I will have some very early lettuce which are growing away, under cloches at the bottom of N1 plot, just above the frost line.
|Crisp head Lettuce Under Homemade Cloches|
As I worked on the plot this week I noticed there were more bird songs filling the air. More varieties of birds have been appearing, Robins, Magpies, Blackbirds, Pied Wagtails, Blue Tits & even a Buzzard have made appearances during the week. Spring must be just around the corner!! I seem to have the planning right this year, can't think what I've forgotten, there has to be something??
|Prototype Cloche Made from Large Plastic Water Bottles|
Anyway there's always tomorrow.