The “Captial Spend Plot” is actually the bane of my life.
It makes everything so much more difficult!
Brambles and nettles are spreading like wildfire through the roots and no matter how much I dig they always return.
The same glorious weather that has helped my spuds grow has also helped the nettles sprout up, so the path to the shed is getting very stingy.
It has gone from this;
To this in less than a month;
So MrT decided it was time to stop the top growth from spreading any further before we dealt with the under-ground-problems of roots.
I managed to find us some lovely old railway sleepers for free online. They were intended to use as steps up to the log cabin at home but we ended up with too many!
These because the base of our fence. Because it was to be built on decades old concrete, we needed something strong and heavy that wouldn’t topple over easily and could be drilled in to.
He also decided to make use of the scrap pallets we seem to have collected from around the plot over winter.
He dug the sleepers in as far as possible into the bank of mud, old roots, glass and plastic bags and then wedged it behind an existing concreted fence post hidden inside an ivy hedge. The plan was to then screw battons of wood into the sleeper and attach pallets to these.
It took lots of wrangling and some swear words, but its in!
Unfortunately we had to call it a day here on Tuesday evening because he didn’t have his electric drill and the sleepers were too difficult to screw into without pilot holes. So after sawing the rest of the battons, we went home and had dinner like civilised people.
Last night i thought i would go back up and do what i could without his help, and I was actually rather proud of myself!
We used some old corrugated plastic signs from MrT’s old work to stop the nettles from winding through the gaps in the pallets. These were just simply stapled on the back of the fence. They really help to cover up all the mess next door too!!
Next step is to carry the fence along behind the greenhouse and as far as we can manage! Hopefully by next year we may be able to enjoy the spring without worrying about stopping the bramble branches from dropping over and rooting…
Just to stop them travelling UNDER the fence now!! Hmmm… more thinking required on that one.
On the upside…
Look at these!!
Need to make sure i go up there every morning and water them now.
At least the upside to having missing windows is that they have some ventilation through this heat wave!