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During the tail end of last week, during the warm weather and atmospheric pollution on the Friday, we were both busy, shovelling 2 tonnes of shingle. Most went on the front garden, some down the side near the back door and some on the drive. We may well need another tonne to complete the drive.
We worked for about 30 - 45 minutes at a time before getting too tired. Had hot baths each night to ease our aches and eventually got it all down:
This chore (and it is now a chore believe me) gets done every few years. Despite not walking on the garden area in the front, it slowly works its way down into the soil. I'm really surprised any plants carry on growing but it has been like this now for years and each Spring and Summer, they grow then flower their hearts out.
The roses have been given a manure top dressing under their gravel mulch and each year, pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone get scattered over the gravel.