I've selected a spot for the vegetable garden. It's not the wettest patch of the garden, but not particularly dry either. The soil is quite hard and shallow, but maybe I can improve it. I aim now to grow mainly potatoes, onions, leeks and parsnips. Just the hardier veg to start with.
Necessity (or laziness) is the mother of invention. Not quite dragons den stuff, but I modified an old bobcat shovel today to fit on the forklift. It'll make the job much easier... and was a nice change from seedlings and plugs.
We sell hawthorn plants for hedging in the Garden Centre and about 5 years ago I planted a few up. They have developed fairly well despite a bit of neglect during the busy season. So far I've been just growing and pinching. I've it in mind to try and do a few windswept types, and a few 'fairybush' types. The latter are fairly common here, lone trees within fields, single or multi stems, with a wide bushy crown. I find hawthorn tricky as the fresh growth is very upright and strong.