Weekend Project - Build your own veggie patch
Setting up your own veggie patch is fun and easy! Just follow these simple steps.
Firstly, where should I locate it?
You need an area that get a lot of sun (approx. 6 hours a day). It needs to be area that does not have to compete with root systems of large trees and shurbs for nutrients.
Tip 1: Make your garden twice as wide as the length of your arm so you easily reach everything that it contains.
I have chosen the position, so what now?
Dig the soil over the depth of a fork. After digging, add compost, organic matter and manure to ensure that soil is rich and nutritious for the soon to be planted veggies. Add some plant tonic, soil conditioner and slow release fertiliser.
It’s time to plant your veggies
Tip 2: Keep up the water for the first few weeks until plants have established themselves and then go to the schedule of giving them a deep soak a couple of times a week rather than superficial watering daily.
What do I need to do to maintain the veggie garden?
You will have to keep on top of weeds, as the weeds will compete for nutrients and potentially crowd your plants. A good mulch will help with weed prevention and also keep the water in the soil, where you want it.
Alternative Option - No Dig Veggie Patch
If your chosen site is over existing lawn, then you will need to mow the grass down as much as possible. If you have chosen a hard surface such as old paving, you will need to lay some cushioning organic material such as soil or straw.Luc
The first step
Lay down a layer of newspaper approximately a half a centimetre thick. Once you have done this, lay a border around your garden using retaining wall, edging, rocks or anything else that you think will work. The border should be at least 20-25 centimetres high.
Put down a layer of Lucerne Hay approximately 10 centimetres thick. On top of this, layer some good some good organic fertiliser or manure to a thickness of 5 centimetres. A 10 centimetre thick layer of loose straw should then be laid followed by another layer of fertilizer and then finished off with a 5 centimetre thick layer of compost.
The final stage
Water the garden thoroughly – but not to soaking wet. You can then start planting!
Tip – never walk on your no dig garden as you will compact the layers and this can cause problems later on.
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