In mid July this year we moved house! And left our beloved veggie patch behind….
So naturally one of the first things I REALLY wanted to do after moving in (and after popping out baby #2!) was to set up our new vegetable garden. We got our hands on some second hand Little Veggie Patch Co apple crates….does that make them recycled, recycled…..and set about installing them in our very barren backyard.
Using the lasagne layering technique we filled the bins.
To do this add:
a layer of straw (about a hands depth), top with a hands depth of good quality garden soil/compost mix (bought from landscaping yard), add a few good handfuls of Seamungus and repeat. Until you have filled the bins.
For the final layer I added 2 bags of pure organic compost per bin, a few more handfuls of Seamungus and mulched with organic sugar cane mulch.
A week later I planted our first lot of seeds and seedlings in our new vegetable garden. 3 weeks later this is what they look like!
I love how easy these crates have been to net – this technique of the piping, bracket holders and black bird netting would be easy to replicate on any veggie bed that you could screw the brackets into. Small hooks along the lower edge of the crates hold the net tight and in place.
As the soil/straw mix in the bins ages and settles in, I will need to top up the bins with more soil and compost. I’ve got space for at least another 2 raised beds in this full sun area of the backyard, and I’m tempted to give wicking beds ago….
Stay tuned for further patch updates and to see me establish some fruiting trees on our block. Two passionfruit vines arrived from The Diggers Club in the post today and I’m going to use them along our back fence line as an edible privacy screen.