I was privileged to have a Lesser spotted woodpecker visit my back garden early this morning, he landed for a very few seconds before flying off again. I've heard Woodpeckers tapping away on trees some distance from my house for quite a few years now, but this was the first time one has landed in my garden. My resident Blackbird "Chalky" and his mate are currently nesting in the Clematis on my patio again, this year, having chased away the pair of Robins which were nesting there earlier in the year. A pair of Goldfinches have set up home in the bushes growing alongside my back fence, so the garden is quite busy with bird activity at the moment Sorry no photographs as yet, because I don't want to disturb the nesting birds.
|Californian Lilac Flowering in My Back Garden These are Excellent Plants for Attracting Bees|
I am still continuing the re-designing work on my front garden, spending many hours, last week, bagging up and transporting more top-soil down to my plots. I decided that tipping the topsoil along my Potato ranks was an easier way to earth them up than hoeing/raking the original dry soil up into ridges around the spuds. Many of the annual weeds growing in the Potato bed were pulled up and then buried under the soil as I went along each rank. I found this method easier than the usual methods of earthing up. Hopefully the buried weeds will produce some extra nutrients for the Potatoes as they develop.
|Topsoil Dug Out Front of House|
|Topsoil Being Removed to My Allotments|
|Stones, Hardcore & Rubble Removed from the Topsoil|
Well I started writing this post last night mentioning the lack of rain here for some time. Since the mention it's been raining steadily for most of the time. I visited my plots late this morning and the first job was to deposit more top-soil onto the Potato bed. I then planted out 2 Butternut Squashes into the lower corner of the L-shaped bed on N1 Plot, sowed half a dozen Watermelon seeds into a large pot, hopefully they will eventually germinate and grow, protected in the poly tunnel. One of the small beds on N2 Plot was hoed and weeded, using a walking board to stand on, due to the damp soil, after which I dispatched a handful of slugs to their afterlife, I then re-shot the allotment tour video (Take 7) which is currently uploading to YouTube. As the rain was now getting heavier and yet again the temperature becoming colder, I called it a day and left for home.