Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
Saturday, 3rd February, 2007
I’m working on my own this morning and I slow down to my natural pace of work, spending a lot time thinking as I cut the timber to go around the greenhouse. I realise that I can avoid cutting into the new lengths by using two of the short ends of beds we’ve removed on the corners. I measure, measure again, then measure one more time before cutting my remaining longer lengths of treated timber. I’m delighted when one off-cut turns out to be just the right length to fit in the next space I have to fill in front of the greenhouse.
How often does that happen?
We’re going to put down woodchip on most of the paths. Woodchip needs topping up after a year or two but if we change our minds about a path it’s easy to move it.
We went for small paving slabs to widen the concrete path in front of the greenhouse; I don’t want a ridge when I’m wheeling the barrow over the join, which is what I’d get if I took the woodchip right up to the concrete. We spread a layer of sand mixed with some left-over cement to bed down the slabs.
Having the timber edging abutting the slabs will stop them moving about. We might go for paving alongside the hedge; it will be more expensive but that’s one path I don’t see us moving. The paving will make things easier when we cut the hedge; we can just sweep up the trimmings. It's awkward raking them up from woodchip so I usually lay down an old shower curtain as I trim.
Somehow the Brussels Sprouts, the one crop we currently have
in the veg beds, have ended up sitting neatly in one end of one of the L-shaped
beds. The remains of the red cabbage are growing on what will be a path.