JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The vegetable garden

We are going to demolish our old vegetable/herb garden.  It is well past it's used by date and if we leave it any longer it will demolish itself.

The raised vegetable garden bed was also not a good idea.  We just could not keep it moist no matter how much mulch we put on and the worms just didn't seem to like it at all.  So it's going to good use as a compost bin.....a large compost bin!

I have been busy transplanting vegetables and herbs into the garden bed at the back of the house. It is only a temporary arrangement as this vegetable garden will be a chook pen at a later stage.  We have plans for a potager garden on the southern side of the house.  It will be large, very large, and I will  have enough vegetables to feed a tribe but we can always take our excess fruit and vegetables to friends or Meals on Wheels who are always appreciative.

These are some of the vegetables and herbs that we have growing in the vege patch.  Parsley (both), baby spinach, cucumber, mint, rhubarb, chives (garlic and plain), chilli, eggplant, tomato, corn, cabbage (two kinds), lettuce, turmeric, ginger, zucchini, passionfruit, lemongrass, pumpkin, choko, sweet potato, asparagus, sage, coriander, silverbeet, pineapple, strawberries and to give shade....a mulberry tree!
My gardener has given me invaluable advice on how to improve the soil in the garden.  And it is so simple.  Just these two things,

Cow Manure

and Mulch....in this case sugar cane

We have also started a worm farm and the castings from it are a wonderful soil conditioner.

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