I planned to just dig out some dock weeds growing through the wood chip I put down in the fruit cage area.
It's a constant battle that goes on for ever digging them out and getting the roots, but seeds have been blowing around for scores of years so it's an ongoing battle.
When I put down the bark - there were none - now look at them.
Mr Lottie said that he'd dig them up and I would rake away the wood chip and put it back after said Dock weed is removed, and dispose of the weeds as he fills up a bucket. That would take us about an hour I figured. As usual plans change!
The sun came out, the grass dried out so I decided to mow the paths and lawns
And there are still quite a lot do mow too - even though I have reduced my plot to under 200ft
I had to go over each area several times, it had grown so much.
I won't show you any more - grass is grass after all!
Although I had on sunscreen on my face - I hadn't bothered putting it on anywhere else as it was cold, windy and damp. So I had to keep my thick jacket on, my hat, and I was baking hot!
The fruit cage is now free of Dock weeds, the transplanted strawberries have taken and are thriving.
The rhubarb plants are coming through strongly - the soil underneath the wood chips is really nice and damp which is great in this dry weather.
The gooseberry bushes are almost in full leaf - looks like I'll be getting a good crop again this year.
The early potatoes have not burst through the soil yet but I had covered them anyway before the frost.
Next week I hope to get more if not the rest of the potatoes sown - weather permitting.
I won't be going up there the rest of this week - having a op - but hope to be seed sowing at home instead.
The chickens are laying like mad lately - 4-6 eggs a day - which is brilliant from rare breed bantams, some of which are past their 'lay by' date!