Sunday, 1 April 2012
Pictorial Meadows cont...
Fun and games this meadowy stuff. Fair enough, it isn't a meadow in the true sense of the word - that being low fertility soil, a mixture of grasses, native wildflowers and so on. It actually takes years to create a 'true' meadow, but I need something this Summer so the planned Pictorial meadow continues. The first installment is here.
It's bloody hard work preparing the ground. The rotavator pictured really wasn't up to the job, way too feeble to till to a depth of 20cms as recommended by Pictorial Meadows ltd so my only real option was to dig the soil by hand, all 85 square metres of it! Feeble rotavator did create a fine tilth to the turned earth however, a lot easier than using just a rake.
My cat dug better holes than the rotavator, here's the proof. I'm laughing, look at the focus and intent, it's such an important job.
So after two days digging and rotavating I'll wait to see what weeds appear from the disturbed seed bank. They'll need removing and then I can sow.
The cherry blossom bloomed in the time I took to prepare the seed beds. This is the big tree you can see in the background on the first photo. Fruit has good years and bad, sometimes without rhyme or reason though frost is a key player here. The tree is covered in blossom this year, snow in spring, my neighbour's daughter reckons Karen and I will be cherry millionaires.
To be continued...