Measuring the Ground

Ben Raskin - 18 February 2011

with just a couple of weeks before the trees arrive I have been measuring the site. Having a stick at the end of each non existant row of trees really makes the whole project seem more real - not to mention slightly daunting. Is this really manageable on 1 day a week??

Those of my friends and colleagues who offered to help with planting will be a receiving an email shortly. At which point they will no doubt be mysteriously very busy and unable to come down.

I still seem to have far too much to do before I can get them in the ground. I need to move some Rhuabarb plants, shift some compost,  and go through the future rows with the spring tines ( this will rough the top layer of soil up enough to kill the grass without doing too much damage to the soil, or that is the plan anyway).

Although I have managed to recycle some posts from one of the old nursery beds elsewhere on the site, I think i will need to have another day or two of reclamation before I have enough.

All getting very exciting though

After discovering the outdoor life on an organic vineyard in Northern Italy, and a one year professional gardening course at Lackham College, Ben has worked in horticulture for 16 years. Previous incarnations include running a walled garden in Sussex, working for the HDRA (now Garden Organic) at their gardens in Kent, setting up and running the horticultural production at Daylesford Organic Farm, before moving to the Welsh College of Horticulture as commercial manager. Ben is passionate both about the commercial production of high quality organic vegetables and teaching practical skills through on farm learning. He currently works as horticultural advisor and learning manager for the Soil Association, as horticultural advisor for The Community Farm at Chew Magna, and has just signed the lease on a piece of land near Bristol to plant an experimental and educational fruit and agroforestry system.

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