The sions were 'James Grieve'; 'Saturn'; 'Greensleves'; 'Egremont Russet'; and 'Braeburn'. Not necessarily the ones that I would have chosen but beggars can't be choosers. These will be used to graft onto the M9 and M26 rootstock.
After this, the new currant bushes were healed in. Blackcurrant 'Ebony' and 'Ben Connan'; redcurrant 'Rovada' and white currant 'Blanka'. These will be moved to their permanent positions when the ground has been dug over.
I took about one square metre; one spit deep of subsoil out of the bottom of the trench and used it to make more pathway by the shed. Carting waterlogged clay subsoil is not my idea of a pleasant activity but it had to be done.
|Due to the wet weather, the water table has|
risen and water is collecting in the trench.
As the bottom of the trench was so waterlogged, it was not forked over very well. I was relying on breaking up the bottom of the trench with the spade when subsoil was being taken out. I did not stand in the trench as I usually do because I would have sunk in the water clay mix at the bottom. There were many rhizomes of mare's tail in the subsoil and these were removed as much as possible.
|Decaying processed wooden planks were|
put at the bottom of the trench.
Covering the planks was a layer of hawthorn and ivy.
|Hawthorn and ivy brushwood.|
The brushwood was covered with a six inch layer of woody ash tree shreddings.
|Ash tree shreddings|
|Path topsoil added to trench.|
Over the topsoil I put a layer of farmyard manure and then covered it with the sieved topsoil from the trench. This has given me about 18-24 inches of good top soil over the trench Hugelkultur, which will produce some good vegetables. I am planning to plant ridged cucumbers here next year.
The little greenhouse is slowly sinking into the ground because of the trenching I have done around it. The glass will have to be taken out and the greenhouse frame raised level again. However, I will not do this until the topsoil has settled.
It does not seem that I have done much today but I had to cut the hedge back to provide some brushwood; dig out and sieve the path topsoil; dig out the subsoil and put it into the hole I made in the path and level everything with the rake.
And I want to do this over the whole allotment? Well I did for the other part of the allotment.
This is where the new currant plants are going to to be planted as a hedge to divide the curbit bed from the brassica bed. Currants appreciate a deep root run so they will do well in trenched topsoil.