As the new seedlings won't be transplanted into these areas until mid to late May, we have sown a quick green manure into both beds. Hopefully this will give more structure to the soil.
Similarly, the unused sales beds have been sown with more green manure. There is a lot more space than planted areas this year. Last year the 'beast from the East' froze quite a lot of our freshly sown tree seeds, just as they were sprouting; resulting in a fair few deaths.
On top of this we had probably our most successful sales season in the last ten years. Consequently we have a very limited amount of small plants left and a limited amount of fresh seedlings.
The poly-tunnel behind the tables has now had a makeover. One side needed the wood painting and the rainwater gathering system refreshing. The other side had completely rotten wood within it and had split in two! After some judicious use of screw and braces the structure is now secure.