Every spare minute I've been getting on with a bit of gardening, such perfect weather, to prepare my vegetable area. Yesterday I spread the last of the manure, and now I have three raised beds which are almost ready. I have heard so much about the merits of raised beds that I thought I would try them, and I'm also rather enamoured of the 'no dig' methods of Charles Dowding. He talks of the soil as a living organism and the soil food chain, which I like, and I'm learning masses.
Another reason for choosing raised beds is that I had a lot of soil that came from my foundation excavations (I'm extending the workshop and building a lean-to section to my main work area). The stone edging all came from this clearing too, so both jobs have fitted together very neatly.