The task was to dig over the subsoil and mix in the mushroom compost so that we could sow a meadow before the end of April.
The sub soil was solid, impacted clay, and as you can see, in places we had to use a pick ax or a mattock.
We learned about Nelson Mandela's method of breaking up stone - going as slowly as possible, but never actually stopping. It was too cold that day to emulate.
Martin gave us a little talk about when digging was necessary to improve the soil structure and when No Dig was appropriate. Not sure what the conclusions were about this plot, though it was strangely disappointing to find the plot looked exactly the same at the end as when we started. Cliodhna said, 'But we KNOW it's different.'
The team practised Leaning on Spades, a time-honoured builders' tradition, taught by Chris.
Diana and Kate sowed the seed, and raked and trampled again the next day.