On Sunday morning we were up and at it early as we had things to get done, plus we had been away for the whole day on Saturday at my sister's. Jon was taking a ride with Jake at 8.30am to Carmarthen to, finally, get the top soil for the veg patch. As you can see I prepared the patch with the newspaper and cardboard, with some help from the boys, for when he got back.
However you can see the two and a bit tonnes we bought was just about half as much as we needed but we have a more local contact that we will try next week for a second load.
I also cut down some bamboo to use as canes for various things.
In the afternoon Jon built the raised bed for the sweetcorn with the absolute last four railway sleepers we have salvaged from the garden. (This is after I planted the corn.)
I filled the shallow-ish Belfast sink we had set aside for the Dwarf Beans and we made the tripods for it, too.
On Monday morning we were up early as usual as Jon's dad and his wife were coming to visit so his dad could help in the garden. Jon began strimming to make the job in the tricky areas a little easier and then when they arrived they began pruning some of the larger trees.
I planted the Dwarf Beans in the sink and I think I'll try and squeeze a few more in the veg patch in a line and not around tripods to save space.
I also planted out the sweetcorn...
and from the tree pruning I got this when I asked for a prop for my washing line - cool huh?!
Tuesday, I put the canes in the sweetcorn bed and I decided to grow the first lot of sugar snap peas in with the corn...
then I planted a new drainpipe of sugar snap peas to go in the poly house which will be planted in the veg patch later on.
Whilst watering the tomato plants this morning I found these!
and the area in front of the chicken house is much clearer now, too. I had to lose the daffs but some of the bulbs may have survived. You have to sacrifice something for the sake of the other stuff at times.
I will be back.