A busy day on Sunday, a really sunny day with temperature reaching 9degC so a great time for working in the garden.
I had already put a couple of cloches out over the planned area for the broad beans, plus adding a barrowload of compost into the trench for the runner beans, which I filled in. On Sunday I forked over the bit next to the runner bean area, so that’s more than half of the area now turned over at least. See picture below:
The big job of the day though was trimming the trees and hedges around section B. The pear tree in the middle has become a real shading problem, partly because it is infested with ivy, so that needed heavy pruning. Also a silver birch in the hedge has grown a major trunk/branch overhanging into the garden which also shades when the leaves are out. Last year the crops in area B really suffered from the shading so the trees, and hedge were overdue for drastic cutting back and pruning.
That took a few hours standing on a platform and working with saw and pruners – and boy has it generated a pile of cuttings – so the next task is disposing of that lot – looks like a bonfire coming up…