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Still Digging (Not)!! (Part 3)

O.K. so the post title is still boring, well so was this past week in the main, for me anyway. With only 2 and a half days spent down the plot since the beginning of last week, thanks to the rainy weather, particularly over the weekend. At least there's been no snow in this area, as there has been in many surrounding areas with 3 inches (8cm) in some places yesterday. By mid-week the soil was still unworkable so I decided to do a little maintenance on some garden furniture which had been standing neglected on my new plot for quite some time.

Garden Chair
One of the Chairs Before Re-furbishing It

  I brushed off the dirt, mould, spiders, snails and various other grime and left the 2 chairs and bench inside my shed to dry out. By Thursday afternoon the furniture was dry and after a couple of hours cleaning and rubbing the wood down it was ready to be treated with waterproof wood preserver (dark mahogany in colour). The finished articles now looks almost as good as new, hopefully the preservative will do what it says on the tin.   I managed to get a little weeding done on my main plot on Thursday around the Senshyu Onions, mainly carrying out the work from the grass paths, thus avoiding walking on the saturated soil. I ventured down the plot again on Friday afternoon but with more rain overnight the only other work I got done was to move the compost from an old, well decomposed compost heap, situated at the lower end of my new plot. The compost was forked into my wheelbarrow where various items such as old plant pots, bits of netting and large stones were removed. I then tipped several barrow loads of the compost onto my Autumn fruiting Raspberry bed before leveling it off with a rake, around the previously pruned Raspberry canes. Having achieved a depth of approximately 6 inches (15cm) with the compost, across the bed, I think this will feed the plants for some time to come.

Garden Seats Re-furbished
Garden (Plot) Furniture Before (Left) and After Re-furbishing
With more rain over the weekend, visiting the plot was again out of the question. Today a clear blue sky lasted all day, along with the sunshine and a cold breeze. Hopefully the ground will have dried out sufficiently by tomorrow, so that I can resume the battle against the Dandelions.


  1. Thanks Julieanne, the furniture was well worth refurbishing. It would have been a shame to let it rot away. It is very sturdy and I like the style of it. Mind you I can't remember the last time I had a sit down, down the plot, probably some time last year.

  2. I am MOST impressed with all that digging ... I keep finding other things to do rather than visiting my plot at the moment because I know I have to dig it over! You have either inspired me or given me a guilt trip as I now intend to spend the whole morning there tomorrow. Love the chairs by the way.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Pat. I hope the digging was inspirational rather than guilt. Unfortunately for me I have to clear this new plot the hard way to get rid of the Dandelion and Creeping Buttercup weeds. I prefer rotavating and hoeing over large areas of ground both for speed, time saving and it's less effort.

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