The nearest I’ll get to double digging

Darkness stopped me in my tracks last night. I had wanted to plant some cauliflower seedlings, so gone out with my hoe to spruce the soil up a little. Only the soil was compacted and there was no chance of hoeing anything.

So, out came the spade. And if I was digging, I thought I might as well get out the blackberry bush roots which remained after the removal of the plant to another part of the garden last autumn. However, this was starting to take more time than the light allowed, so I finished the job in the rain (rain – hurray!) this afternoon.


bramble root about to be chopped

It also meant that I ended up moving the soil a lot more than I had originally intended. At least one worm was a casualty – and goodness only knows how many billions of microbes. However, this hopefully means there won’t be any thorny bushes popping up between the caulis in the forthcoming months. 

And I took advantage of the trench to get rid of some more wood (and thick stalks), somewhat in the style of a hugel bed. I’m hoping that will help counteract the dryness, which is an ongoing battle under normal circumstances. But even if that fails, at least the soil will receive some nutrients from the manure and wood.

four cauliflowers out


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to The nearest I’ll get to double digging

  1. Lovely update Helen thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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