Hurrah for over-caution!
Last Thursday (or it might have been Friday, the days have merged into each other) Julia and I did a bit more digging, a bit more composty-moving-around, and a lot of planting. We now have holes dug, filled and ready for courgettes, squashes and pumpkins, as seen here:
We also edged the sweetcorn bed with lots of the housebricks lying around the garden. It may be superficial but it pleased me:
We had a big debate about planting the potatoes, but in the end decided not to. Given the amount of frost that's happened over the last couple of days, we've been lucky! We did, however, plant the onions. We had a bit of a debate over an onion set's ability to withstand frost, but then Julia found a bit in a book that said "if the frost pushes the set out of the ground, just push it back in" so we assumed that frost didn't really matter in the onion-growing world. We got down on our knees and started planting. As an experiment, we're trying some companion planting, so the rows go as follows: white onion; carrot; red onion; carrot; white onion; carrot; and so on. Some of the onion sets are spaced at 4" and some at 3" - we're trying to see what impact spacing has on size and yield. Can you tell that Julia's a scientist?!
It feels much better to have things in the ground - apart from the garlic we've started everything in seed trays, modules, drainpipes or pots - and it will be even better when the little onions start to sprout. Are they nearly ready to harvest yet?