We managed to borrow a patch of earth from our friends in the village back in January. It has of course been a field since forever, and therefore the preparation of the soil is very important to ensure it is right for the blooms.
Below is the view standing in the field, it is so picturesque and the landscape is awesome, who wouldn’t want to work on these cut flowers when you look at this everyday.
We started rotivating in January 2017. I know it has taking me this long to get this blog up and running, so it is a bit behind the time but I will eventually be up-to-date.
Firstly we marked out four flowerbeds 1.5m x 18m with pegs and string. Between each bed was a gap of 1.5m and 2m from the fencing, this is the perfect width for our mower to cut the grass and also being able to efficiently tend to the blooms ready for havesting. It means we can reach to the center of the beds from either side without disturbing the plants when cutting.
To kill off the weeds that have been very happily living in this field, we used Organic weed killer and applied it twice on each patch, this made the ground turn yellow, making it easier to rotivate as the outline of each bed was very clear.
We hired a Barreto 13hp heavy duty industrial hydraulic rotovator. This was the largest one and I think it costs about £60 for the whole day.
We waited till the soil was fairly dry as it would be impossible to rotavate on wet ground. Then we used the rotavator four times on each bed, to turn the ground and break up the soil.
The soil has arrived in force! We ordered all the compost from Mr Watmore’s which cost about £49 per tonne and the top soil £45.
Once the ground had been rotivated we added 2 tonne dumpy bag of mushroom soil to each bed, and again rotivated the ground. This was to ensure the soil had structure, good drainage and providing nutrients for the plants to grow.
The top soil was the final addition to complete the beds ready for planting, we used this soil to help the ground retain moisture in the summer months, when the weather gets hot and ground is dry. It also is easier to sow seeds and is a good way to suppress the weeds.
The soil is now prepared and the beds are looking gorgeous!