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29 September 2019
The rain has really loosened up the soil and now is an ideal time to dig and prepare the ground before it gets too wet

This also allows the winter frosts and rain to further break down the structure in preparation for an optimum sowing tilth in the Spring.

I have a raised piece of rough ground that sticks out from my small band of Scots pine compromising my mowing regime, well frankly it looks a mess. By levelling this with the rest of the lawn I will gain some extra soil I can use to fill in some of troughs and dents I have in the grass at the bottom of the garden. Two missions in one accomplished.

The ground was rough, big roots, bricks, long rooted dock and many flints. The large mygardenfork worked beautifully but it did get me thinking how people use forks? When turning over this type of ground, ease the tines into the soil if it’s hard and make sure you stop if the fork meets an unmovable object. I had to do this twice with a couple of bricks and some pine roots. I trust my forks but they are only forks not pick axes. Have a pickaxe handy and see what you have found.

Last week I planted camassia bulbs in a piece of lawn I am converting to a wildflower block. Having first cut the grass back very short and removed all the cuttings, I dug these in with my new groundbuster tool prototype, loosened up the soil and stamped the turf back over the bulb. I then scattered yellow rattle widely across the area knowing it would lodge in the grass but also in the newly turned earth.

This will be my secret weapon in the Spring when it emerges and starts to sap the strength from the surrounding grass. Lovely early Autumn job.

Blue Camassia and yellow rattle – will leave you to work out which is which:)

Following on from this I also made the first cut of my established wildflower meadow block. This is a laborious task as I do it by hand as the blocks are full of frogs, toads, newts, voles and insects. Its important to take the cuttings away to keep the nutrient level low, which I did and then scattered them on the new wildflower block. I will leave them for a month or so to shed any remaining seeds before clearing up.
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