Seed Swaps

Preparing the beds

29 May 2012
Sunny 13°C / 55°F

What fun I’ve been having! Lugging two 40 litre bags of soil up 2 flights of stairs. I don’t know how much each would weigh, but I’m guessing roughly 1 litre soil=1 kg/2lb. Probably not much less than me. Amazing what we can manage when there’s no choice. Either I got them up the stairs somehow, or they stayed in the car forevermore.

Having, by some miracle gotten the bags upstairs and onto the balcony, I lined the base of one 3ft by 3ft bed with shredded matte newspaper, a layer of soil, a layer of dried leaf mould, and another layer of soil. I need another layer of leaf mold and soil then it’ll be ready to plant. The Radishes are just about ready to go out, and the beetroot are up. ONE carrot is up but the swede and silverbeet are still dormant. I have 4 elephant garlic cloves ready to be planted, and I’m keeping an eye out for strawberry plants to appear in stores(seen one lot, but not very local).

Had a hard frost last night, but I’d anticipated it and covered the seed/lings with a flannelette blanket. Had fun scraping the car windscreen clear so I could go to work this morning though. I HATE doing that. My poor hands! I don’t think there’ll be a frost tonight as there’s a lot of cloud, but I might cover just to be safe.




A litre of water weighs 1 kg. depending on how compact it is, i would think soil could be denser than water.

Posted on 30 May 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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