For the most part, the weather has been incredibly kind here for outdoor work. The evenings stay lighter that the UK too, so the days are longer. I can easily be outside till six now, before the light is too poor to carry on.
I attacked the large mound of soil that was left after the drive earthworks. The guys left far more soil than I had anticipated and some is rather poor compared to the rest. The poorer part I have started to spread about to flatten the ground off a bit and just to loose it. The better soil is lovely, the raised beds have had a good fill, along with more leaves and leafmound, gathered from around the village, before a blanket of straw to keep them snug for the winter.
|mounded topsoil for new raised bed|
|the piles of earth are getting smaller|
|clearing the ruin. This is where my new house is going to be|
|raised bed complete with salvaged wood sides and leafmould mulch|
As I start to clear the ruin, there is plenty more wood, old beams and the like, which are put directly to work retaining more raised beds. It’d be a shame not to use the good topsoil for another year and I’m going to need plenty of space for sowing seeds if the new seed catalogues have anything to do with it this winter. Long dark evenings are ideal for increasing the workload later in the season, it’s what gardeners dreams are made of. The difficulty is in limiting the varieties that need to be bought, so they all have to be useful in some way. Either for me, or the birds, bees or insects or a combination of all the above.