|This is what the new allotment looks like now.|
|Most of the processed wood seen here has been buried now.|
|Second trench with top soil removed |
The first section of the subsoil is removed and sieved and left at the end of the trench. This produces a hole two spits deep - about 500 mm. for convenience it was about one metre square. Taking out any more subsoil would have made a big pile of subsoil which would have been difficult to get around. The floor of the new hole was forked over to another spit deep and the rhizomes discovered removed. The soil here has a high proportion of clay and was difficult to break up. Adding organic matter will help to break up the clay.
|Beginning to take out the subsoil and sieve it.|
|Starting to add organic matter to the trench.|
|Various organic matter added to the trench.|
There is no way that I have removed all the horse tail but I have certainly knocked it back a bit. It will be manageable if it does return.
There were a great number of plums to be harvested today and I filled a whole crate with them to take home. As I always eat quite a few during the day when I am digging like this it is remarkable that there are still so many left. I also harvested what was left of the fennel and the celery.