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Getting the plot started has involved laying down lots and lots of straw (lucerne and normal straw). I then ordered some green manure seeds and had just planted them last Wed. To my amazement and complete delight, I discovered today the first fruits of my labours in the form of Lab Lab beans as part of the green manure. To some, it may not be a great achievement, but to me, it is the beginning of a hopefully long and fruitful relationship with the garden (hoping I have inherited my grandad's green thumb). 

Step 1 - Lay the straw

Step 2 - Scatter the green manure mix seeds Wed 9th January 2013

Step 3 - Discovery of my first little plants Wed 16th January 2013

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 19, 2013 at 18:13

OH, and I just worked out who Liz was.  It's great being able to put a few faces to names!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 19, 2013 at 18:13

LOL. I only know fish lingo - "pee" gets converted to amonia which converts to nitrite which converts to nitrate (might have the order wrong).  In aquaponics, I think we test for all three because they are so closely related.  

Comment by Lissa on January 19, 2013 at 5:12

Thought it converted to Nitrogen?

The sneaky pee. I love it. Under the cover of darkness. Harder for a woman than man lol.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 18, 2013 at 23:57

That is sooooo good.  (At the risk of being frank, get any male members of the house to pee out there when they can get away with it.  It converts to amonia which is great for your plants.  I hate being sexist, but it does seem to be a well documented fact that it doesn't go well with female urine - something about the hormones).  The size of the patch looks really good Liz.  I'm quite envious. 

Comment by Lissa on January 18, 2013 at 5:37

lol isn't it fun! So many things to little time.

I find with good rich soil I can plant things in closer proximity than recommended. Then I get so many self sown plants come up also - just one big happy family of edible.

Comment by Liz Pardede on January 17, 2013 at 21:47

ooh, theres a whole plan for starting in march.... peas, beans, lettuce and asian greens, tomatoes, broccoli, more green manure... i think then it all changes 3 mths later...

Comment by Craig Hogan on January 17, 2013 at 21:21
Looks like a nice sized area. What do you plan on growing after you dig in the green manure?
Comment by Liz Pardede on January 17, 2013 at 19:34

It is exciting, Lissa. The area is probably about 6 x 12m (ish) - will divide into 8 rotating crop beds - no dig. 

Comment by Lissa on January 17, 2013 at 9:30

It is VERY exciting when the first step in our grand plans comes to life :)

Looks like quite a big area you will turn productive Liz.

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