Starting a no-dig bed

First time at the allotment this year on Sunday, and it was very cold. Too cold to dig (thankfully) but there were some signs of life: birdsong, and small shoots of the onions and garlic. Nothing from the broad beans yet.

Started to build a no-dig bed with the cardboard left over from presents. Took a full load on the bike…

Bike with trailer full of carboard

Bike with trailer full of carboard

Cardboard left over from presents

Cardboard left over from presents

… but that didn’t actually make a very large bed. Ironically, the evening after I did this, my partner decides to get rid of 2 square metres of cardboard, and today I notice that a local shop put a load of cardboard out for recycling.

First, the cardboard from family and friends; then a layer of manure from Gorgie City Farm; finally a liberal covering of leamould that the council drop in the Saughton Mains site. Now to wait for it to cook, and decide what I want to put in there.

Cardboard, manure and leafmould

Cardboard, manure and leafmould

The start of a no-dig bed

The start of a no-dig bed

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