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We made the most of yesterdays dry conditions to get our potager ready for the season. One option was for us to dig it over by hand, the other was to rent a roto-tiller for the day. Rather sensibly we chose the latter and Gaelle had a pleasurable afternoon using a piece of heavy machinery whist Graham observed from above and took some photos.

It took four passes with the roto-tiller to get the potager up to planting standards.  We’ve also dug up a small patch above the potager for a herb garden and some stretches around the side and front to plant some flowers, encouraging our little pollinating friends to visit. We had a good look at the fruit trees and turns out we have plum, cherry, pear, apple and apricot trees all in blossom!   We’re looking forward to an abundant harvest later in the year!

We spoke to our good friends at the local garden centre whom we rented the roto-tiller from and they suggested that we don’t need to put any manure onto the potager now but we should in the late autumn to let it settle for the winter, top tip! We will be raking the soil for the next two weeks and staking out the individual vegetable beds until it is planting time. More blog posts to follow once we have stuff in the ground!

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We made the most of yesterday’s dry conditions to get our potager ready for the season.  One option was for us to dig it over by hand, the other was to rent a roto-tiller for the day.  Rather sensibly we chose the latter and Gaëlle had a pleasurable afternoon using a piece of heavy machinery whist Graham observed from above and took some photos.

It took four ‘digs’ with the roto-tiller to get the potager up  to planting standards.  We’ve also dug up a small patch above the potager for  a herb garden and some stretches around the side and front to plant some flowers, encouraging our little pollinating friends to visit.  We had a good look at the fruit trees and turns out we have plum, cherry, pear, apple and apricot trees all in blossom – we’re looking forward to an abundant harvest later in the year!

We spoke to our good friends at the local garden centre whom we rented the roto-tiller from and they suggested that we don’t need to put any manure onto the potager now but we should in the late autumn to let it settle for the winter – top tip!  We will be raking the soil for the next two weeks and staking out the individual vegetable beds until it’s planting time – more blog posts to follow once we have stuff in the ground!

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