Thursday 14th June 2012 – Raised beds! (and digging…) and planting!!

Well, the digging is almost over… this is one of the last beds to get a good dig before planting from some of the members of the project…

Here we are taking the couch grass and the weeds out, knocking the soil off and putting them in bags ready to be composted over the summer. Any big chunks of grass are simply turned over in the space they came from to kill the green part, and expose the roots to the dry air and the sun to kill them.

Measure twice… cut once


Its taken a long time to get going, but today we moved forth, and all leant a hand in building, moving, digging, and finally filling the new raised beds on the allotment…

Each one contains around 20 bags of topsoil, moved by hand and van from Queens Road Peckham to our allotment…

Preparing the raised beds

And after a fine combing for stones, a good composting, and a good raking ready for planting…

Finally! We have reached the point of planting some of the seeds which have been loitering around in their propagation trays for weeks… some of the group had to go home early, others were able to plant their pea’s, broad beans and marrows out in their shared raised beds.

It was good to eventually plant some of the plants outside, they were as relieved as us I think…

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