Preparing for the greenhouse

Another perfect day for gardening, I really can’t believe how lovely it is and for how long it has lasted!

It isn’t so perfect for the plants as every morning this week there has been a frost in the gardens and in the fields all around, then by about 10 in the morning the temperature has risen to about 18°C.  It feels even warmer than this in the sun.  Today, however I haven’t been gardening exactly, I’ve been moving the huge heap that has built up over the last 3 years with all the weeds that have been removed from the borders including the roots of the dreaded ‘graminia’ (a type of couch grass but with roots as long a bind weed).  There are also prunings of all kinds of things.  I’m trying to sort out the good compost that will be so useful on the vegetable beds; the prunings that could be shredded and used mulch.  Unfortunately there are also lots of LIVE roots of the graminia, these I intend burning and at least the ash can go onto the new compost heap.  It is back breaking work and though it is lovely being outside, my back wishes I was doing something else.

Here you can see the mountain I must move (actually I took this photo on the 5th so the heap is a little smaller now though not as much as I would like!)  Behind the heap are Leylandii on the boundary – I hate them but they do a reasonable job as a windbreak, though they are rather thin as they hadn’t been pruned at all before we moved in and so they were pruned rather drastically last year.  I may take the tops off as I don’t think they need to be quite so tall just here.  Interestingly they shoot from old wood  here in Italy which they rarely do in the UK I imagine it must be something to do with light levels!  We need to construct foundations so there’s lots more shifting and digging to do before the greenhouse can be constructed.


4 thoughts on “Preparing for the greenhouse

  1. That is some serious earth-moving Christina, take it easy! All in a good cause, but no point wrecking your back before Spring really gets started.

    Taking the tops out of the leylandii sounds like a good plan. Dreadful plants, but they can be useful if kept under control, and if you don’t need to plant near them. We have neighbours who just let theirs grow and grow – happily they are sufficiently to the west of us that we avoid the long shadows that result.

  2. That is a huge heap! Well done at moving it or is the motivation the new greenhouse? I would reduce the height of the leylandii as well, strange they reshoot in Italy

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