Loathe as I am to set foot in a supermarket, I don’t mind visiting some outlets and so to Taylors garden supplies on the way back from the doctor. Just checking I still have blood and it has pressure.
After a mooch around I came away with 3 60 ltr bags of Westlands multi-purpose compost for ?7.97 and an 80 ltr bag of SHL seed compost, which I am assured is top quality, for ?6.49. Following some comments in the forums, I thought I’d see if a quality seed compost makes much difference.
Unfortunately they are out of large bags of lime but there’s no great hurry, next week will do.
Down to the plot for a couple of hours this afternoon. The first job was to grab some of the turkey litter mountain before it goes. I have a large green reinforced bag with about twice the capacity of the wheelbarrow so each journey with the barrow gives me at least two barrowloads. I can’t fill the bag full because I just can’t lift it, hence it gets between half and two thirds full.
So twelve barrow loads to plot 5 and 4 to plot29 took just over an hour. The ammonia smell is so strong and using the shovel gets you breathing hard. I stopped when I hit a rich seam and was nearly sick.
I’m still not certain what is going where on the plots but I know where the potatoes are going on plot 5 so that’s where the litter went. It does help lighten the soil and if it acidifies the soil it doesn’t matter as potatoes are the one vegetable that likes a lowish ph.
I put plot 29’s onto the patch where brassicas grew last year. I may barrow some more over as my take didn’t make a dent in the mountain.
Having had enough of the smelly stuff, did a little more digging on plot 5. Only about 2 square yards but I was feeling tired and a little sick so back to the ranch when it was still light!
Despite the weather forcast claiming a mild frost, it was pretty cold here last night, so the heaters on in the greenhouse full time. It still dropped to 7 degrees last night in there. I’ll be sowing seeds in the next few days as will Val be sowing some of those flower things!
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