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Shedloads All Round

With both of my plots almost fully planted and sown for a while now and most of the veggies and fruit growing well, it was time for another project to keep me off the street corners. The front garden project of removing the lawn, top soil, paving slabs and some of the sub-soil is finished and is now awaiting the next phase of construction. The soil and paving slabs have been transported to my allotments and are being re-used there.

First Harvest End of May
First Harvest of the Year End of May

 Last Thursday I decided to re-position the shed on N2 plot. I had inherited the 10 feet x 6 feet shed along with the plot. The shed was old and badly situated close to the drainage ditch bank, on the lowest, dampest part of the plot which is susceptible to water logging & flooding at times. Most of the floor boards, several side panels & some of the vertical wooden supports were already rotted away but I decided that repairing the shed would be a far cheaper option than buying a new one of comparable size. I constructed supports for the shed base using some of the flag stones from my front garden project stacked one on top of the other. The final position of the shed would be a few feet away from my other shed on N1 Plot. The shed roof was in good water tight condition so I decided to remove the sides of the shed trying not to disturb and damage the roof and roofing felt. I propped up the roof with various pieces of timber and duly removed the door end and 1 side of the shed. Due mainly to the persistent stiff easterly breeze (not mentioned in the health and safety handbooks) it was apparent that the roof might have blown off its supports, so I had to cut the felt down its centre and take it down in 2 pieces. The roof was quite heavy and my thanks go to Dave, Jason, Alan and Jeremy, (4 of my fellow plot holders), for helping me lift the roof sections off and back on again. Before the sides and roof were re-assembled I constructed a floor using decking boards (seconds). The rotted upright supports were replaced with new battens, after which it wasn't too difficult to re-build the shed and replace some of the shorter, rotted side panels. By the end of the weekend the shed was up and on Monday the central part of the roof was re-felted and sealed with roof & gutter sealant. Tuesday was spent replacing some of the guttering and emptying the old water butts. Most of the water was used to water my Potatoes on N2 Plot. Supports were made using more paving slabs & some breeze blocks and 2 butts were positioned onto them. The intention is to have 4 or 5 interconnected butts alongside the window side of the shed, close to the veggie beds on N2 Plot. Other guttering & butts will be put in place on the drainage ditch side of the shed as time allows.

Dismantling the Shed
Old Shed on N2 Plot Being Dismantled
 The area where the shed was originally sited is approximately 15 feet x 25 feet and the intention with it, is to raise the soil level several inches, using some of the soil from my front garden. Several large raised beds will then be built to offset the dampness of the original ground level. The soil for the raised beds will come from the turf taken from my garden and from the pile of soil along the top of the drainage ditch bank which I dumped there whilst clearing the central bed on N2 Plot, over last Winter. The Dandelions and other weeds still growing in it are currently being cleared out as I dig out each barrow load.

Shed Repairs
Repairing the Shed Panels

Shed Repairs
More Repairs

Fitting the Guttering
Guttering Being Fitted
Almost Finished
Almost Finished 11th June 2013


Gutter Support
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Transferring Soil from Drainage Ditch Bank
Transferring Soil from the Drainage Ditch Bank & Removing Dandelion Roots
Where the Shed Was Raising the Soil Level Ready for Raised Beds

Although the majority of my fruit & veg are developing well and the glorious weather over the past couple of weeks has meant plenty of watering, mainly on an evening. The persistent cool easterly breeze continues, apart from 2 days, and I believe, along with the colder night time temperatures, it is affecting the development of some plants. My Cucumbers, Squashes and Runner beans don't seem to like the conditions. All of the "cold climate" crops are doing well, with the exception of 2 sowings of Parsnips which have totally failed to germinate this year. The lack of rainfall is causing the ground to dry out rapidly but on the up side the lack of annual weeds is a bonus. 

Spuds Flowering
Potatoes Flowering N2 Plot 12/6/13

Strawberries Ripening
Strawberries Ripening 12/6/13
Nice Looking Cabbages
Cabbages Looking Good 12/6/13

There's Always Tomorrow!!

Comments

  1. Impressed by your shed project.
    So far I've resisted putting any raised beds in the wetter section of my plot but will be interested to see how you get on with yours.

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    1. Thanks David, I intend to use the raised beds for over wintering some veg, I will let you know what the outcome is especially if the weather and ground conditions become wet.

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  2. Red strawberries - excellent!

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    1. Hi Sue, I intend picking a few Strawberries this coming weekend.

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  3. Brilliant job! All your hard work is paying off :)

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  4. Thanks Patricia, although the prep, sowing and planting seems to have been easy this year, I've had one of the busiest years for ages. Sadly blogging has taken a real back seat lately.

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