I arrived rather later than usual after spending some time in the garden setting out beer traps to catch a few slugs decimating my narcissi. I also stopped off at the Trading Hut to buy some 10:10:10 potato fertilizer and some lettuce and broccoli plants.
On the plot I started weeding the asparagus bed but I was too cold to be comfortable doing such a light job. I decided therefore to dig over more of the potato bed. Currently it is still in the brassica tunnel as I haven't moved it yet. Inside the tunnel there isn't room to use Backsaver spade so I used my standard spade. I removed the last Brussel Sprout plant and pulled several small cauliflower plants for 'spring greens'. After three rows of digging I had to give up - too heavy for my back! I went on to unscrew the pegs loading the tunnel base ready for moving it and pulled the posts for tying up the raspberries next door, leaving a clear path to the tunnel's next position.
By then the few drops of rain had developed into steady rain and I was getting soaked. I thought about going home but remembered I needed to lay the laminate flooring in my shed, where I could keep out of the rain. Having the cordless drill, after I cleared the stored plastic bottles, I unscrewed the bottom shelf supports and swept the space clean. After clearing the space the amount of rot and rat damage to the lowest plank in the wall became apparent. I need to replace it and protect that side of the shed, either with paint or a roofed shed extension for storage - if I can find the time!
However, I managed to clear enough space to lay the first lengths of laminate but came to the conclusion that I needed to clear the shed completely to continue - and that required dry weather. Having done much preparation I can now do the job reasonably quickly when the weather improves.
Between the spells of rain I harvested some more purple sprouting broccoli that I had missed last time before cleaning some rather muddy tools and going home rather damp, and somewhat disconsolate, to watch the China Formula 1 race!