After 3 days of 20C plus and the ground baked to a hard crust we are glad to wake to a gentle persistent dampness. Not enough to refill the two water butts over night we had emptied in the last few days but enough to soften the ground. We stood and stared for a while this morning and we could have sworn we could see the weeds and grass growing!
We are waiting for the rain to help settle the soil in our latest project.
This took 17 wheelbarrows of soil we had saved from various other projects and half last years compost pile to fill this. When the soil is settled we will put in some shrubs we have nurtured from cuttings to give some structure and for this year probably a load of snap dragons we have grown from seed (cheap and cheerful).
Just as we had finished a neighbour came by and suggested a reclamation yard about 20 miles away that might have cheaper timbers. We will explore that option before ordering more wood for the other 5 proposed beds.
Off to the village in a mo, on my bike, to post youngest son's birthday card - he's how old? How did that happen??