Soggy allotment garden: Round I

Yesterday was one of the first days that could be considered sunny (well, mostly cloudy actually) and mild in a LONG LONG time.  I don’t know what happened to our regular *warm* and dry-ish springs but it has been noticeably absent this year.  And the rain has ensured that our poor allotment garden stayed quite soggy.

Now, I looked at everyone elses garden space and ours was one of the wettest!  :c(  Which made preparing it for planting quite difficult. 

But, nevertheless, it’s time to get digging!

The problem was that the previous tenant had made a major error:  instead of building up the rows of raised beds used for planting, they scooped out the pathways in between and removed that soil.  This ensured that the paths remain wet throughout the spring and even probably during heavy rains in the growing season.  Cleary this frustrated the former gardener because they abandoned the plot without clearing it in the fall. 

The wet ground made turning the soil very difficult but we did manage to get about 1/3 of the garden prepared.

Here I am using the claw cultivator smoothing out the clods and trying to level the area that we’ve already turned.

Ta Da!

The bad news is this area is still quite a bit below grade and although the worms that we saw were VERY big, we’ll have to bring in a substantial quantity of good compost or well-rotted manure to help the beds along, both in fertility and height, before planting. 

That’s a job for next weekend!

 

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