Busy Bee’in’ Busy Is Me!!
If l am honest – l really am not going to miss the full scale garden – be that vegetables or ornamental gardening. I am going to be more than content with a few herbs, some pretty roses, a couple of plants and bushes, an easier compost system and maybe a single raised bed but no more than that – l have done my tour of heavy duty gardening!
I say that because today l started work on emptying off the raised beds in the garden here. I have three large beds, 1 has garlic in, another has onions and the third had its crop harvested last week and was just waiting the soil removal. But l also have/had three smaller raised beds needing emptying.
It was heavy rains last night and yesterday l had covered the beds with a tarpaulin so as to ensure the beds didn’t become waterlogged in consideration to the content being bagged today. I managed to break down two beds, one large and one small in about 4 hours under – yes once more – quite high heats. My white body is slowly browning off!
The larger beds contain around 400kg soil with the smaller beds containing 180kg – l cleared two beds so just over half a ton of soil. Sam next door is going to be taking the content from the larger beds and so in addition to emptying off the bed, l then had to hike the bags over to his car port. 18 in total, l didn’t fill them all the way up, just half filled. I am crazy for sure, not insane though, you know? So no need to bust a nut giving free soil away!
Received good news this afternoon – Monday 6th July is when l pick up the keys for the property in Sandwich – so am well chuffed – it also has what l class as an antique conservation garden which is ideal for birds – you can see two photos below [ they are not mine, they were part of the advert] but it gives a good idea of the property. It is an enclosed courtyard garden – quite Enid Blytonish/Spiderwick Chronicles really.
Which has got to be better than this malarkey right …. ?
Suze said l wasn’t to overdo the soil shifting and of course she is 100% right – but the logistics alone of the soil removal in this garden are quite frightening – so as much soil as l can remove safely from empty containment now whilst it is dry is way better in the long run – BUT and it is a huge BUT – it’s bloody hard work.
Sam taking the three large raised beds soil is brilliant but l still have to shift it from the middle of the garden to his car port. The first raised bed was 18 bags, that means the remaining two beds is a total of 36-40 bags of soil!
I have two small raised beds left to empty hopefully tomorrow and they are 8 bags a piece – thankfully they are not having to be walked a round trip of 300 steps and can just be put onto the gravel. But it’s a lot of work. Okay, the compost units are now down – excellent! I had seven beds initially and now three are down – still have four left at a total of 52 bags and rather selfishly l want to get this job out of the way sooner rather than later as it is knackering work. Once l stop after five hours of digging l am practically dead and NO l don’t look forwards to it! Ha ha!
After these beds are done – l have to start work on all the containers – the small and manageable ceramic pots can be transported by a car and a trailer – but some of the fuller containers they have to be emptied off and in many cases that is more free soil to Sam!
Quite a bloody costly move all this in more ways than one sadly.
Buy hey ho, once it’s done – it’s done …. so yeah, l am eagerly awaiting being able to work in my ‘Quaint English Secret Garden’ l mean there is no comparison really is there?
Thanks for reading, catch you next time!