Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Veggie Garden (or Graveyard) Phase 1

Wowsers I logged in today and realised it's been over a month since I last posted. It's been a crazy month too. Visitors, parties, work issues (a whole other story) and life in general, we haven't actually had time to do much on the house now that we've moved in. That's not to say there's nothing to do, there's a list a mile long, we just haven't had the time or the money to do it.

Last weekend was the first weekend we've had free and I've been itching to get into the garden.

This was the pile of bricks that was at the house when we originally bought it back in 2009. It was leftover from the 1970s patio extension to the original house. We sold half of them on Gumtree in 2011, just after the flood, but still had loads leftover...perfect for a veggie garden on a budget.

This is the spot behind the granny flat. It gets afternoon sun and filtered light throughout the rest of the day, however it does flood a little during major rain. It's the only spot however that's not in the way of the future garden or exposed to the main road while we are without a front fence. So it's temporary but will do for now :-).

I think Josh was a little surprised at how much effort was needed just to make a simple garden bed. It was going to be a raised garden so we didn't even need to dig anything up, but we had to measure it to make sure they were straight and evenly spaced (I'm not anal...I'm really not...) and the ground wasn't completely flat in some spots and had to be built up.

We've only made it 2 bricks high, but I'm considering putting at least another level. We were a bit stretched for time because I had an afternoon tea to get to and also the pile of bricks was full of spiders and I was over being frightened like Miss Muffet every time I picked one up.

We put wet newspaper down instead of weed mat (there was only grass there anyway, no nasty weeds)  and then some hay leftover from a hoe-down party we had. Yeah, you read that right.

I'm going to get some soil delivered to go over the top of this and let it breakdown for a couple of weeks before we start planting. I've started collecting tomato and chilli seeds to cultivate in some small pots so hopefully we'll have some seedlings ready to plant when the time comes.