This time I was working in the back garden, in a corner that I neglected for some time. There were two fig trees in this place, only because I had two cuttings and nowhere else to put them. I remember doing the planting correctly, the holes were lined with a thick membrane, that actually helped when I was digging them up. It contained the roots but all the same, it was a lot of hard work. It all happened in stages, first they were cut down, then cut down even more and yesterday the stumps were dug out. I’m glad to have an old pickaxe (it was in the garden when we moved here, all 47 years ago). After a whole morning of hard labour the two stumps were out and another small one of a conifer that was half dead anyway.


From this dark corner the next stage was a bit brighter20201005_141942

The roots tried to resist but didn’t manage…..20201016_114945

….so it is no surprise that I’m happy with the result

I had a lot of different pots round the garden and a lot of bulbs – tulips and daffodils. All are planted, pots are in place, even the fence panel behind them is painted. The great thing about this way of doing it that I can re-arrange the pots, replant them, the possibilities are endless.


…are very important for my work on the allotment. I have got a variety of them, starting with a very old pickaxe. It was in our back garden when we moved to our house way back in 1973!! It is so heavy that I’m not surprised the previous owner didn’t want to take it. It is very useful though when a bit of brute force is needed.


I was using it to gig out an old rusty barrel that was left on my latest plot by the previous occupant. It was buried about a foot down, full of rubbish (7 bricks !) and a layer of mud. After I cleared all that out I managed to ease the soil round it with the aforementioned pickaxe and it worked. By doing that I gained a nice square of soil and the bricks made a very sturdy base for my water but. It is a bit higher so I can put my watering can under the tap. These things are important – you don’t want to fall in when trying to scoop out the last of the water!

In order to get the soil ready for sowing and planting I use a claw. I have a number of attachments to my Wolf handle – that was the best thing I ever bought in the line of tools. First I dig the patch and the a few days later, depending on the weather, I work on it and break up the large clods of soil and get it reasonably smooth and ready.


All I need now is more sunshine, less rain and higher temperature.

Not asking much….