Another miserable day...
Yet another grotty day, but I was daft enough to go down the lottie, you see I haven't been for about two weeks due to the wind and rain and thought that as it was only light showers today instead of the usual stair rods I would put a big waterproof coat on and go and 'do something'.
I was lucky to get there at all, as I crossed the road to get to the horrible steps(see previous posts !!) of the two black bags of compost I was carrying, one decided to disintegrate, so there I am picking up squishy veg and ashes and bits of black plastic in the now heavy rain looking like a bag lady. So, before I get there I am wet muddy and cross, anyway got to the plot dumped the compost and went to hide in the shipping container that we store our stuff in as the rain was getting heavier. After a short while I deemed it safe to go out, my mother warned me before I went that it was too wet to dig but I thought I would go and have look, she was of course right - mothers always are, look at the state of my boots, delectable Doc Martens that my mother bought for me in a lovely shop in Glastonbury years and years ago - actually looking at the photo you cannot really appreciate the mud - trust me I was there it was sticky and yucky
Here is one of the sections that I dug over - don't get to excited, my Dad started it about three weeks ago, so I thought I had at least better match the piece he had turned over - so I did. Even though the rain was persistantly coming down I had to take my coat off as I was getting hot - effort + two jumpers + unfit digger = coat off even in the rain. To the right of the picture you can see one of my brilliant Christmas present from my Mam and Dad, a green bag, wow-wee you may think but this is no ordinary little green bag, a little seat attaches to the side - perfect for skiving when the sun comes out, also two trowels, secataurs, fork, and a roll of wire, also a multitude of pockets around the outside for important 'stuff'
I was really impressed with the size of this worm that I dug up - impressed and sad enough to take a picture of it, I was actually a bit cross with him/her as by the time I got my camera it had shrunk, when it was streching itself to work along the soil it was half as long again. It was wriggling along under the couch grass I had the pleasure of fighting with, grrr, I can see the cardboard,manure and black plastic method being employed very soon !
I also decided to turn the original plot over today as well, I had intended to turn over all the unused soil but I got wetter,fed up and thirsty but the time I had done half of it and decided that half is better than none. The rain we have been having in large quantities since November has compacted this soil and a lot of sand has risen to the surface, so I wanted to dig it over a bit just in case we ever get a frost which can help to break it down more.