Wednesday 31 August – Starting the Market Garden at Milkwood

When we loaded up our truck and trailer last Monday we did think that our poor old VW Transporter was going to be working well over the limit of a 1 tonne ute. First of all there was the walk-behind tractor fitted with a reciprocating spader. This is an amazing bit of kit that is so much kinder to the soil than a rotary hoe. Then there was all the seedlings (well they didn’t all fit in and quite a lot will be going to Milkwood in a couple of weeks time!). Irrigation fittings – rolls of drip hose, fittings, sprinkler head – you name it –  were stacked around the spader. Then there was the tools. Stephens new tool kit plus everything we thought we would need to get a few beds made and planted in a day. Bags of potting mix, cocopeat blocks, luggage and finally four bodies were squeezed in and we were off.

And her we are arriving at the Milkwood woolshed!

ruck arrives
We arrive at Milkwood

The rest of our time at Milkwood was spent getting things set up and a few seedlings into the ground.

Mathew spades the area
The pigs had done a reasonable job scruffing up the ground, Matthew uses a reciprocating spader to finish the job and turn in all the pig manure.
Spading CU
Matthew on the spader, Stephen and Mike talking about layout
First stringlines
The string lines are set up and the first bed broadforked
Compost goes on the beds
Compost goes on the beds
First bed ready to plant
First bed ready to plant
Matthew working up a fine tilth for direct seeding
Matthew working up a fine tilth ready for direct seeding
First seedlings in the ground
First seedlings planted
Baby Pak Choi seedlings in soil blocks

Baby Pak Choi seedlings in soil blocks

Baby Pak Choi in the ground

Baby Pak Choi in the ground

Over to Stephen

The Milkwood Market garden is now in Stephen's capable hands and he will be doing the diary enteries from here on in.

 

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