You may remember my post I did a while back on Companion planting guide for my veggie patch. I basically have to vegetable gardens now. A fenced in enclosed one, away from the prying taste buds of the indigenous wildlife as well, as the horses and chickens. And then I have a ramble one.
In the Ramble one:
I plant ramble things, like butternut, pumpkin, and the shrubs like bay leaf, mulberry, paw-paws, an avo tree, bananas, etc. All those biggish things, which I try keep to a reasonable manageable size.
Here I practice a companion planting mechanism where I try plant things that compliment each other with each other.
|Veggie boxes done - Before planting.|
Goes the rest of the veggies. Here I have made things a little more formal with boxed in beds. And little pathways. The veggies I would really would prefer not sharing with all the animals I grow in here. Here I shall be practicing crop rotation. As you can only really grow one type of vegetable in one spot for a while before it depletes the soil of all the nutrients it needs.
|I love utilizing old wheelbarrows|
Are made from home-made concrete squares. I have planted, strawberries, marjoram, and mint between the stepping stones. The marjoran and mint will keep insects and ants away, As for the strawberries ... well.. you just can't have enough strawberries - yummy!
The Veggie Boxes:
I have found that growing in boxes or wheelbarrows is a great way of keeping that compost exactly where you want it, otherwise it just seems to mingle and disappear into the sand.
My boxes I layered:
*at the bottom I put a layer of old cardboard boxes - make sure they have no plastic or anything like that on them
* the next layer was a layer of racked up leaves and smallish sticks.
* followed by a layer of horse manure collected from the farm
* and lastly a nice thick layer of compost.
So here's my plan:
* Allium family refers to: Chives, garlic, leeks, onion, spring onion
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