No Pressure..

Work to do this weekend..


Before moving here we’d been renting and had no garden at all for three years. Dirt under the fingernails was well behind plan. The priority job for me was to construct some veggie raised beds. Gardening on a steep slope has its challenges to say the least. And we are still learning. Over the winter constant torrential rain undermined the sleepers we’d used to hold back the top bed. With their foundations eroded, they couldn’t withstand the force of the wind and the weight of the waterlogged soil. The whole front section of the bed fell away.

Mike has removed the sleepers and dug away some of the soil and yesterday we started to reconstruct the front of the bed. But the clock is now ticking..

On Monday, according to the Met Office, it starts to rain again.

On Wednesday the slug busting nematodes, 30 million of them still in residence beside the salad crisper in the fridge, reach their use-by date. With milder temperatures promised and the rain to keep them moist, their time has come.

The potatoes have chitted and should now be in the ground.

My peas are ready for planting and the beans will soon need to be sown.


Will we make it?

Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind.


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  1. snowbird April 6, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    A challenge indeed! The raised beds look they will hold a ton of veg! Good luck with it!xxxxx

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      I’m hoping to have two more.. lower down the slope. Maybe not this year though. The earth shifting involved is mega!

  2. Josephine April 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    We’ve just planted our tomatoes, and hopefully can keep the deer and the squirrels at bay.
    Your raised beds look great, we have the landscape timbers that hold in our soil, they do a good job.
    Love your potting shed, lots and lots of room.
    Happy planting !

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      The shed is crammed full of garden furniture, wood left over from the bookcase and all manner of other stuff. It needs a good clear out, then it could be roomy. Except that you can see daylight through the walls. And the mice have moved in..
      The deer are beautiful to look at, but I hope you can keep them off..

  3. Simone April 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Of course you’ll make it Jessica! You are well ahead of me!

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      It feels like everything is stacking up at the moment, too many jobs that need doing now!

  4. Denise April 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Release the nematodes!! I can hear the theme tune of The Dambusters…daaaa,da,da,da,da,da,da,daaaaa…

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      It will be good to get the space in the fridge back – they occupy quite a large ‘no-go’ zone!

  5. Rosie April 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    You will get there! You will put those nematodes to work before their use-by date! You can do it! Good luck:)

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your confidence Rosie! Backs are beginning to ache now, shifting all those sleepers about..

  6. frayed at the edge April 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Nematode was an answer in the Telegraph crossword the other day ….. thanks to your recent post the word was at the front of my brain!!

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      I bet that one doesn’t come up very often. Can you remember the clue?

  7. elaine April 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I think the clock is ticking for all of us – the jobs just keep piling up due to the weather. finally got out today and accomplished a lot – if it is the same tomorrow you will soon catch up with everything.

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      It’s been lovely today, but cooler down here tomorrow (cloud). I got some seed sowing done too, between hefting wood.
      I’m glad you are catching up too.

  8. Em April 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    You can do it! I believe in you! x

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Oh gosh. No pressure at all! Thanks Em x

  9. Abby April 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Looks like a lot of hard work ahead. Whatever veg you grow in those beds, you’ll savour after all that graft. Bring on the worms! Beautifully sunny here today – magic. Abby x

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      It makes such a difference to see the sun doesn’t it. Enjoy it while it lasts!

  10. CherryPie April 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Good luck with that. We had a perfect spring day in Shropshire, it was a refreshing change.

    • Jessica April 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      It certainly was. Look forward to seeing your pictures!

  11. steph April 7, 2013 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Blast that rain forecast….although if your weather people are anything like ours—you have a pretty good shot at a beautiful day instead of the rain. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that you have enough daylight hours—and your backs hold out!! You can make it!!!! It’s really looking great!

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Our weather people are EXACTLY like yours.. thanks Steph.

  12. Vera April 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Crikey, we have not planted one single seed yet, nor have I bought any new seed yet either.

    We used to garden on a slope, and although I loved the garden then, I now much prefer the flatness we have now. Love that shed too. Could do with one of those to keep all the gardening stuff in, or the hay, or the odd animal or two!

    Wishing you happy gardening, Jessica……

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vera. I had all sorts of designery ideas for using the slope, and it could look fantastic, but underestimated the work involved. Too much energy consumed walking up and down, not enough left for digging!

  13. Jo April 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Gardening on a slope certainly is a challenge. I think we’re all behind schedule this year, I just hope we manage to catch up.

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      We’ve more work to do on pathways and steps etc. The priority was to get growing! It’s been really cold again today, not really enjoyed it at all.

  14. Wendy April 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Good luck – and hope the bad weather holds off for you. I hope to see your beds full of veg this summer.

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      It would help if they didn’t keep changing the forecast. I thought we had an extra day, now it’s back to rain again tomorrow. Wet and cold. Lovely. Not!

  15. starproms April 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Everything will come at once soon – including the work. It’s the same here!

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      You’re right Oma! But if that includes warmer days I don’t mind the work so much.

  16. Paula @ Spoons n Spades April 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Those raised beds look fantastic Jessica! I can’t wait to see pictures of them filled with veg later in the year. I hope the weather holds out a few more days for you so you can get everything done. Honestly, if it’s not the biting cold it’s the rain holding things up!

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Paula. It feels like that doesn’t it, a few more days like yesterday please!

  17. Jacqueline April 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    You’ll make it, I know you will ….. you have the guts and determination and, a hard working Mike !!!! XXXX

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      I certainly have the latter! Backs aching somewhat now..

  18. Sarah April 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Hopefully the weather was on your side this weekend and you achieved your challenge!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica April 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      It was dry but cold today. On borrowed time tomorrow..

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