Posted: 04/04/2017 at 16:45
Lawn cut and edged - now waiting for a large delivery of loose compost to be dumped on the drive. It's to dig in to the new border. Not looking forward to barrowing it round to the back of the house but needs must. Heavy clay soil is really poor in places and some is very compacted - so it needs all the help it can get.
Wasted another hour watering this afternoon. Water butts are nearly empty and the hard rocks of solid clay are starting to form already. Think I'm going to have to put the sprinkler on the lawn if it doesn't rain soon. I don't usually water grass but this is new turf laid in October and I suspect it's still a little too fragile to risk just leaving it.
Expect water bill will be high this year
Loved growing veg last few years but the demands of watering raised beds every night and the attentions of the field voles made me decide that I wasn't cut out for full scale veg growing so we got rid of the raised beds last year. Now concentrate efforts on the things that give me the most value.
Love growing lots of herbs and salad leaves because they are expensive to buy and I use them by the armful. Always grow chard because it's such a good 'doer' and very versatile. Usually have 3 pots of toms which produce enough for us and I have a nice little soft fruit patch with raspberries and currants.
I think I will have to find a spot in the flower borders to grow some mange tout or peas (love both shoots and pods) and maybe also a courgette plant.