Last weekend I managed to get my "second garden" ploughed.
I've been thinking about increasing my growing space for some time now as I wanted somewhere to grow on my grafted apple tree and somewhere to experiment with other crops and staples.
My neighbour and good friend, Ken, is mad on competition ploughing and offered to plough my new patch for me with his little two furrow David Brown plough pulled by his Massey Ferguson '35. It was good fun helping him set it up, as it's a plough designed for competition there was so many adjustments and things to be altered it took a couple of rows to get it set right.
We also unearthed a patch of stone in the middle which didn't help matters, other than that the plough turned the ground over and left what looked like books of soil lay down in furrows.
The plan is now to let this patch dry out a bit (if it ever stops raining) then to roll it and rotavate it to produce a seed bed.
It's not a massive patch of ground but it'll be a big increase in my work load this year, trying to keep on top of the weeds and all the extra plants to put in. I'm planning on using lots of mulches and maybe some more weed membrane for paths and other fallow areas.
What do you think - am I mad to increase my growing area by this much?