The Big Fork gets a work-out

I rolled up my sleeves and got the big fork out yesterday over at the allotment. The Big Fork, in my 16 square metres, is my equivalent of an ‘Earth Mover’.  I grubbed out some poor performing plants that were not earning their corn, take no prisoners, on the compost heap they went.

I wanted to clear some ground and feed the soil ready for the next planting. We had no compost bins ready at the farm so off I went to Bunnings for bags of organic compost.  Then I added blood and bone, and raided a pile of lawn clippings rotting away beside the community garden. The heavy rain we had a few weeks ago had turned some of the soil into a heavy clay-like substance and I dug everything in, in an attempt to break it up.

I had raised the level of the soil so much that the little slabs I use as a footpath vanished.

Never mind, I dug them up, moved the soil around a bit, and re-laid them.

I was quite pleased with my efforts and to make this post even MORE interesting here is a photo of the finished job. Good eh?

The ground cleared, fed, and ready for planting

And just to show that there is something still growing I took a few photos.

The small potato bed

The only silverbeet that seems to be surviving after the wet

‘Artistic’ shot of my Cavalo Nero Italian kale

Curly parsley. doing just fine.

Finally. The last remaining Drunken Woman lettuce.

Parsnip seedlings, been like this for weeks, seem to be going nowhere. But I live in hope.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. plotcraft
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 18:37:57

    Looks good. Your parsnips are doing better than mine – mine didn’t even germinate!

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  2. narf77
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 19:16:40

    Those drunken woman lettuces certainly did you proud this year! 😉

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 19:23:09

      They have, and one will feed me for a week!

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      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2012 @ 07:20:22

        Your garden is really lovely Jean and I am using information that you talk about on your blog to get our own veggie gardens going this spring. We might have our Diploma in horticulture and be halfway through our Diploma in Landscape design BUT knowing something and DOING something are 2 very VERY different things! We bypassed humble vegetables in order to learn more about specialised propagation and various other horticultural practices but wish that we had gotten bums up out in the Polytechnic vegetable garden more often and gotten that good friable dirt under our fingers (our lecturer would KILL me for calling it dirt lol…we even had to call holes “root growth zones” LOL! 😉

  3. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 08:59:12

    Thanks for your comment which I found interesting, and entertaining. For myself, a morning spent “digging in the dirt” is time well spent. Must go back to childhood!

    Reply

  4. Ruth (MrsW)
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 13:46:19

    Fantastic work there Jean! What a great effort 🙂

    Reply

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