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I was so inspired after our get together at Joanne Chungs place on Sunday, I got hubby to mind the kids and I ventured into the garden.  I extended the fence around the garden to incorporate a much bigger area and then I made a new garden bed.

The first garden bed is on the right and the new one is on the left.  I have started filling it with dirt from the floor of my chicken run and compost from a pile of bark mulch that I never got around to spreading (now well composted).

I wonder what I should plant first??? 


Still plenty of room for more garden beds within the enclosure.  The piece of shade cloth will be another gate, so I will have a gate at both ends.

The fence is needed to keep the wallabies, chickens and my son out.






I finished filling the bed and sewed a green manure.  I used all my old seeds and some wild bird mix seeds.  Then I stuck bamboo into the grund on the sunny sides of the bed.  This will shade the seeds while they get established (I am quite proud of this idea).


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Comment by Lissa on July 20, 2011 at 6:06

That looks like a beautiful spot you have Lyn - gardening with a view.

New beds look wonderful and make you happy :D

Comment by Joanne Chung on July 19, 2011 at 21:00
I want more veggie patch... No, I NEED more veggie patch ^_^
Comment by Donna on July 19, 2011 at 10:43
Love it that the fence is also to keep your son out!  I busted both my boys playing in my veggie garden yesterday pretending that it was a race course 'GRRRR That's Mummy's garden - don't touch'
Comment by Lyn Buffett on July 18, 2011 at 22:13
OK thanks
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 18, 2011 at 19:56
I like to see it really thick - we're growing baby plants up to just-on flowering and then cutting them off at soil level or turning them in. There really is not a lot of organic matter and all of it is soft and will rot quickly. From where I sit, the more the merrier!
Comment by Lyn Buffett on July 18, 2011 at 16:33

Thanks for your coments and suggestions.  The bed is about 2 square metres, 4kg seems like a lot!!

Comment by Tracy Arnold on July 18, 2011 at 16:22
Looking good!  So exciting to have a new space to play with, like an artist with a new canvas.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 18, 2011 at 14:50
Put a cover crop on now and expect to plant come mid-August. Use what's to hand or buy some bird seed - get the one with plenty of Sunflower in it, use about 4 kilos guesstimating the size of the bed. Soak the seeds in tap water for 12 to 24 hours, drain into a colander or sieve then sow thickly. Cover with potting mix and keep damp.

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