Ok, I might be making it sound a little bit more dramatic than it actually was. For a start, it was neatly contained in 3 large bags rather than a large open pile of the stuff, but it was still a surprise nevertheless (Deliveries are not often left on doorsteps here in London.) It was also a little unexpected as I didn't think it would arrive until the end of the week!
Very exciting though as we can now get the beds plotted out and double-dug this weekend, weather permitting. This does mean that I now have to get a move on finalising the plot layout.
As our plot is partially shaded, veg needing plenty of sun will be container grown in the sunniest area so they can be rotated easily (we managed to ripen our tomatoes last year by turning the container 90 degrees each day.) I am planning tomatoes, beetroot and baby aubergines as my sun worshippers. The potato planters will also be in a relatively sunny spot. The rest of the plot is a bit limited in terms of what we could grow as it will not have sun all day, just two bursts of direct sunlight in a day. To be honest, this year is a real trial and error exercise to see what will grow and what won't. Next year I may be sending off various packets of seeds to my veggie growing friends for their sunnier plots!
I have also picked up a small paper shredder today to follow through one of my new years resolutions. Any paper/documents etc that are not longer needed will be shredded and used as part of the paper layers for the compost rather than it all going in the recycling bin. This way I can save some of the weeks newspaper to make seedling pots (I'll be using a wooden paper potter to make our own biodegradable pots.)