The Long Weekend

Trusty trolley Wm


The weather was not as kind to us as in some parts of the UK. Saturday was lovely, Sunday bitterly cold. Yesterday we were into borrowed time but thankfully the rain held off.

Those sleepers are heavy. Really heavy. Three new ones were delivered to the top of the drive and had to be transported down the slope. Provisioned with wheels, a lump of wood will quite readily achieve its own downhill momentum.. leaving the pair of us hanging on to the back of the trolley in a vague attempt to steer. There were a few heart stopping moments. For the last bit down to the beds there was nothing for it but to heft each one between us.

Work in progress:


Raised bed repair 2 Wm


A visit from the building inspectors:


Site visit Wm


Site visit 1 Wm


They seemed satisfied.

The hose around the edge provides drip head irrigation:


Raised bed repair 3 Wm


 Raised bed repair 4 Wm




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  1. Cumbrian April 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Might sound like a silly idea, but boring a few drainage holes might relieve some of the pressure on them?

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Not at all, it’s a very good idea..

  2. Vera April 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Good job! And so tidy! And so do-able! Not like our messy, clay laden lump of field / veg plot which looks like a ploughed field when it has been dug, and what hasn’t been dug is full of fast growing clumps of greenery throwing down yard long roots that will be a hell of a job to dig up, or will tangle themselves round the wheels of the rotovator if they aren’t. However, still prefer ‘on the flat’ gardening after having had seven years of gardening on a slope!

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      The soil here is clay too. Gardening on a slope is very hard work! There’s a lot more earth shifting to do as we go, to form more terraces.

  3. Anne April 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    The irrigation pipe is a good idea and even better, you thought about it at the beginning of the project. The sunny spring weather seems to have deserted us in the east of the country and it’s turned cold again.

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      And then we get rain. But certainly down here it is now needed.

  4. domesticali April 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Bravo the pair of you – how enticing and ready for planting they look!

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ali. It’s like a blank canvas! And it’s got me all fired up with more seed sowing.
      Typepad still seems to have me down as spam. Sometimes I can comment on your posts, sometimes not. It’s quite bizarre 🙁

  5. haggiz April 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I can just see you sitting up there in the summer, glass of wine in hand admiring all the fantastic veg growing below you. Julie x

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Definitely glass of wine in hand… let’s hope we have a summer!

  6. snowbird April 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Phew indeedy! They do weigh a ton…..glad there in situ and you can get on with the good bit….sowing and plating.xxxxx

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! Plenty more seed sowing today..

  7. Sue April 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    It’s looking good, lots of hard work but so worth it in the end they will last for years and years and years……..

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. I hope so.. only two more to go 🙁

  8. Jill Chandler April 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Well done that must have been really hard work.

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Worthy of a glass or two. Thanks Jill.

  9. rachel April 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Glad the Building Inspectors approved…..

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      They had to make sure that pecking opportunities were not compromised..

  10. the veg artist April 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I really, REALLY, like that shed!

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      It’s really quite creaky.. and you can see daylight through the walls.

  11. Em April 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Love the irrigation, the shed and the building inspectors. Their approval is clearly very important.

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      I took the picture of the pheasant lying flat on the ground.. glad you like it!

  12. Denise April 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Hmmmmmm we have a slight sloped area at the bottom of our paddock! We have some sleepers too! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Go for it, but it’s bloomin’ hard work!

  13. Rosie April 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    My goodness you have both worked so hard! It’d good to have the approval of the building inspectors:)

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      They were thorough. I love the picture of Ptolemy strutting about with his beak in the air..

  14. Sarah April 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    That looks like hard work you must have needed a rest after that! Glad the building inspectors approved!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Mike even wants a day off! You just can’t get the staff…

  15. starproms April 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Lovely idea to have the strip hoses for irrigation. It’s coming on, isn’t it.

    • Jessica April 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Slowly, Oma. I’m trying to make everything as labour saving as possible. The drip heads are even approved when there is a hosepipe ban 🙂

  16. CherryPie April 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    It is looking good 🙂

    I also love that picture of the sweet Robin 🙂

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      He’s lovely isn’t he. And you should have seen the size of the worms he took on!

  17. Josephine April 10, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Job well done !
    They look magnificent….let the planting begin.

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo. Planting is the best bit!

  18. frayed at the edge April 10, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Just keep telling yourself all that work is good for bingo wing prevention – why pay a fortune at the gym to keep your arms toned when you can heave heavy sleepers about!!

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

      I will certainly have beautifully toned arms, even if the rest of me is a wreck!

  19. Judith April 10, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Goodness,your energy puts me to shame! looking great Jessica and will be all settled for planting when it properly warms up. Seen th forecast for Sunday? I shall have my sand Martin spotting eyes on.
    Agree with first comment -drilling some weep holes for drainage is a good idea especially in your damp climate.

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

      It certainly looks to be warming up at last, if wet. Up to a point, I like gardening in the rain. But when our clay starts to get to the claggy stage it’s no fun at all. Happy spotting!

  20. Justine April 10, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Looks great! Well done on all your hard work; was it freeeezing on Easter Monday where you are? We took a trip down to Lyme Regis and, boy, was it COLD.

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Justine. We’ve only had one decent day really, last Saturday, only now is it starting to feel like Spring. Long may it continue!

  21. Wendy April 10, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Lovely photograph of the robin and Ptolemy looking superior. I’m sure your finished, planted, “on-the-slope” beds will look terrific, but putting everything in place sounds like very hard work.

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Really hard work. Ideally I’d like to have two more further down the slope. But backs may need to recover a bit before that happens!

  22. Countryside Tales April 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Cripes how smart are those!? And fancy watering system too! M (our resident gardener) will be VERY envious. Love the inspectors- but where is Mrs Pt? Surely they haven’t had a falling out already….

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks CT! Mrs Pt is keeping well hidden. Sitting on eggs I hope!!

  23. nick April 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed your photos. Liked the building inspector!

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nick and welcome to rusty duck!
      The trouble is, the building inspector thinks he owns the place..

  24. Heda April 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Garden beds look great. So do the building inspectors!

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Heda.
      So glad the job is done, for the moment anyway. And finally, milder weather forecast so I can do some planting.

  25. VP April 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Looks great! I garden on a 1:10 slope and can verify the wisdom of having some seep holes at the bottom of the beds 🙂

    • Jessica April 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks VP and welcome to rusty duck!
      There are gaps between the sleepers, the ones we used originally are a bit warped now, but it may well be that we need additional holes as well. The climate does seem to be getting wetter!

  26. Simone April 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Great job! Have you deposited the nematodes anywhere yet?!!!

    • Jessica April 11, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

      We have. They and I got very wet… It will either be that up next, or something about the deeply worrying thing I have just witnessed: Mike the Plumber going into the downstairs loo with a monkey wrench..

  27. young at heart April 11, 2013 at 7:29 am - Reply

    bravo…..looking forward to the harvest!!

    • Jessica April 11, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Thanks. After all the work, I just hope there is one this year!

  28. Annie @ knitsofacto April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Catching up with two posts at once … lovely to see how it all came together. Before you know it you’ll be posting about cooking with your own veg 😀

    • Jessica April 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Oh I do hope so Annie 🙂

  29. steph April 12, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Ptolemy did a great job overseeing this project….it’s looking wonderful!!!!

    • Jessica April 12, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

      He did. Thanks Steph!

  30. Natalie April 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    The beds look great and I LOVE the robin and pheasant!

    • Jessica April 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      They keep us on our toes!

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