Yesterday the weather was gorgeous, it was dry and sunny and warm. After the past week of torrential rain and worry about lack of an ark, it was sheer bliss. It was far too nice to spend the day chasing up pr and doing phone calls indoors. No this was a day to get out in the garden and dig!
I read about this book last week and l think it was on the Posy Gets Cosy blog. 'Square Foot Gardening' by Mel Bartholomew. Anyway it is about growing your veggies in a very much confined space, strictly sized raised beds. Well l already have my old raised beds that have been in the garden for years, I had already planted my beans, peas and potatoes in the bigger bed, but l still had the smaller one available as my trial run.
You are meant to use a mix of compost, vermiculite and peat moss, well l had already put in a load of my home made compost and also vermiculite last week, and there is already manure and all sorts in there. What the hell, l would give it a go. Now my raised bed is not purpose built, in fact it was Idgy's old sand pit from years back. It served well over the years as sand pit, pirate ship, desert scene, you name it, nowadays it has a new life as a veggie plot.
The thrust of this book seems to be that if you grow really close together and in set grouped squares(instead of the standard lines), you will get more crops and less chance for weeds to pop up all over the place. Well l am all for the less weeding lark, so l divided up the plot with string. Sorry Mel, didn't have nice measured out wooden grid to hand, but hey, nothing wrong with a bit of garden twine and some nails. I then planted in my goodies, one box is beetroot, onions (2 boxes), carrots (2 varieties), cauliflower, cabbage (only one per box space), salad (2 boxes). Have even remembered to label each little plot, just can't remember what some of them are right now!!
In my other bed l have my potatoes (late and earlies) and beans and peas. Also a couple of overflow cauliflowers and cabbages. In fact the herb beds are also boasting a few veg this year. Just to spice things up l have tossed in a couple of potato plants and cabbages amoungst the herbs.
We shall see what the summer brings. Anyway it was just far too nice a day to work indoors. I shall do the pr calls today. Hmmmmm weather is lovely……………