So, back home and what have I been doing?
Muck spreading, that’s what!
In order to prevent the garden turning into the Brazilian Rain Forest before my eyes I need to get straight onto gardening duties now I’m home again. It was really hot here when I first returned and so much needs doing at this time of year as all you gardeners out there will know only too well.
The muck heap is enormous (measuring 17 feet long, 7 feet deep and over 4 feet high) and we have run out of space for any more addition: the fruit garden has had no muck on it for years and years so that is the first port of call:
The raspberry patch
The pears, gooseberries and currants
The roses in the front garden have also been neglected so a goodly dollop for them too
the runner bean trench (of course the runner bean trench gets it every year)
and the extra pieces of field that I am trying to incorporate.
The compost bins were a disgrace: a new compost bin needs erecting, and one of the older ones dismantling: well to be honest, it has dismantled itself but I need to sieve and spread the compost to clear a space to put up a new compost bin. A friendly farmer has let me have five pallets and I put one at the bottom to allow for aeration and used the other four to make the sides. It became full almost immediately but at least the compost is looking organised
and the muck spreading is nearly finished.
This is all that we have left and it has a home waiting for it as soon as we get round to it.
A good thing too because look what we have waiting for us to build into a new heap:
Fuelled with energy after my superb holiday, I’m fairly speeding through the jobs. I’m one of those people who needs physical exercise in the fresh air and to feel surrounded by the natural world to stay ‘grounded’ and it is a perfect foil for my mental activities, wanderlust and desire for occasional glimpses of city life.
I’m feeling very pleased with myself:)