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I returned to organiclea this Friday, where the snow was still covering the fields. It seems the connection between Jo and myself is more complicated than I first thought, having since found out that her parents are great friends with my aunty Cath and her partner David! London can be a very small place sometimes.

Todays tasks involved more bed preparation. In the morning the team moved a load of staging from inside the glass house to outside, down by the salad terrace, for it to be used for more raised bed edging. Staging is a structure that supports plants raised up at waist height, and because this site was previously owned by the council nursery, there is a lot of it! As organic certified veg have to be grown directly into the soil, all the staging will eventually be removed and reused somewhere else around the site, and the ground underneath will be broken up and turned into raised beds (see last week).

The staging was used inside the glass house to raise plants for the council.

The staging was used inside the glass house to raise plants for the council.

Team effort to carry each section of staging down to the bottom terrace.

Team effort to carry each section of staging down to the bottom terrace.

We increased the stack of staging by a few more, ready to be re-used for new raised beds.

We increased the stack of staging by a few more, ready to be re-used for new raised beds.

Post lunch activities took us outside to clear a new patch by the entrance. Some of us cut back the overgrowth, some cleared that away and others started turfing. The first crop to be planted in this bed is going to be squash. Apparently it will fit in well with the rotation plan, it will spread out and suppress any weeds and it doesn’t have very long roots which is handy as the sub soil here doesn’t look great.

Overgrown hedge (a mix of brambles, small trees and large evergreen shrubs) which we cut back to make space for the new bed.

Overgrown hedge (a mix of brambles, small trees and large evergreen shrubs) which we cut back to make space for the new bed.

After our efforts.

After our efforts.

Other members of the team started uncovering the soil beneath the grass, which will then be mulched in preparation for planting later in the year.

Other members of the team started uncovering the soil beneath the grass, which will then be mulched in preparation for planting later in the year.

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2 thoughts on “OrganicLea: Day Two

    • Thanks Jean, I had a look at your blog and it’s great to see all the interesting veggies that grow in your patch. I guess even though you guys are heading into winter, you can still grow plenty in Queensland? It’s final warming up here so the days spent outside are getting more pleasant!

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