I am back into gardening again. My soil was old and horrible so rather than buy in some new soil, I spent HOURS digging out all my old soil (from 3, uneven beds) and used it to level out the slope I had in my vegie patch. I then decided to try a 'no dig' bed.
Step 1: dig out all the old soil (NOT no dig, but like I said, I needed to even the slope out). Step 2: Made my beds shorter and paths wider. One of my problems is that I would walk across the garden bed which is a big No, No in terms of compacting soil. I can now walk in front and behind (previously backed onto the fence) and have placed a board in the middle of the long bed so I walk across it and don't compact my soil. Step 3: filling my beds. I decided not to be too anal about this. I put down cardboard as the base. Next, I had a lot of old hibiscus stick, Hedge trimmings and pine needles, so I gathered all this up and placed as my bottom layer. Next was grass clipping. Luckily I had a massive pile because 1) my husband is too lazy to walk it to the back of the garden and put it in the compost and 2) I have been too lazy and not composting as I've not been gardening. Clever of me huh? :) Every thing I read seemed to alternate Blood and bone with a mineral fertaliser so next layer was B&B. Then Manure, then rock fertiliser, then lucerne, B&B, Then manure, rock fertiliser, then about a 2 cm layer of my left over compost from the last time I was into gardening and covered with sugar cane mulch. Everything said to use more but I am having excellent results so far. I'm only watering 1-2 times per week depending on the weather.
I planted into it straight away by using pockets of compost for my seedlings and seeds. I did this garden bed about 5 weeks ago. I had seeds for zucchini, cucumber, tomato, beans, beetroot, lettuce and silverbeet to start and seedlings for eggplant and capsicum. It all looks so healthy right now. I harvested silverbeet leaves tonight.
I've just planted my first broccoli, cabbage, pumpkin, rockmelon and peas. It may be a little early, but as it seems so cool at the moment, I hope it will do fine. I also am trying some heritage seeds. I have Japanese Futsu pumpkin and Rockmelon Charentais that have just popped out and I can't wait to try. I will upload photos soon as I can't wait to share.
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