Here's a look-see of how my renovated kitchen garden has come together. The core layout plan rests on planted Vetiver clumps rather than hedges, with all vegetable plantings within a 1.5 metre zone around each clump. No beds. No paths. Just mulched ground with Vetiver here and there and plants in between.
It needs more work of course but the template is clear.
CHAINS & CONTAINERS
As for the chains: they're from an aluminium curtain and so far they are working great. Just the right presentation for climbers like beans to attach. For tomatoes, it's an easy wind on without fear of slashing their stems.
After my success with my milkcrate garden I'm finding that growing some vegetables in containers is good business. When I water the container, any water that drains through enters the soil below. As the weather shifts, I can move these containers around to full sun or part shade to suit their disposition.
My hack is that I use my own soil to fill my containers so that presumes I make my own -- which I do.(Soil + Manure + Wood chips) And all that mulching and Vetiver growing makes great soil. That and the chooks with their scratching about and pooing.
As you see I also use wood chips. There is cardboard under all that chippery and there is no better material than wood chips to hold the cardboard down. Any weed breakthrough is dealt with by laying over a patching of cardboard and more mulch.
Over time the main mulch cover will be cut Vetiver grass, but I reckon a layer of wood chips at least annually is a good idea.
This garden is bore-water fed, although I hand water the pots.I usually turn the bore water sprinklers on once per week.
To plant seedlings into this garden, either use an augur or a stabbing tool. I made one by attaching a very short star post to the end of a short broomstick. You just want a hole of a size to accommodate a seedling in a tight fit.
Once planted, I mark every seedling with a bamboo stake.
- So I can find it
- So neither I or the dogs will step on it.
It's remarkable. I may have to scoop some wood chips out of the hole to make room for the seedling, but I have not lost one seedling -- not one!
At present, I'm planting seedlings in groups while I explore various patterns. Sometimes I like to divide the plantings into two separate locations in case one spot prove inhospitable. If shade, part shade or no shade is involved, your planted seedlings will mature to harvest at different rates. That will give you a staggered supply. That way you will avoid gluts.
Compared to the way I gardened before, this layout seems ever so neat. Well it isn't neat so much as navigable as before I was losing produce in the jungle because I could not find it when foraging for food.
This openness is much appreciated by the dogs. For my part, I find walking about the garden between the plnats brings out the peasant in me.