We have reluctantly decided to completely do away with the vegetable garden (apart from the raspberry canes). The farmer has very bad shoulders and neck - too bad to be made any better by an operation; a typical farming injury after years of moving cows about, carrying hay, straw and silage - and general farm work. Last year he found it hard to keep the garden going.
Also much of it (as you will see from the shadows) misses the warmth of the sun; it is a cold garden and can also be a damp garden. We have never been able to grow winter vegetables in it.
We have an excellent market with very good stalls of vegetables and fruit, so a final decision was made by the farmer to grass it over. He has a ride-on mower so can easily keep the grass mown.
For the last few weeks he has been gradually preparing the soil between the grass paths and today he decided the weather was just right for sowing the grass seed. He did this before lunch and then after lunch he cleverly fastened the roller behind the ride-on mower and gave the whole garden a roll to (hopefully) settle the seed in nicely. Rain is forecast for tomorrow so hopefully the grass will start to germinate quickly before the birds get it all!
Thought you might like to see the work in progress.