Another Covid-19 project – we have a large area in our garden that some 25 years ago was indeed a vegetable patch but has now got so hopelessly overgrown that it cannot be described as anything anymore. I decided to see if I could turn a piece of it into a new vegetable patch and will document my progress here!
A bit of research on the internet and I came up with the following steps:
- Clear away the weeds on the topsoil.
- Dig down “one shovel depth” to create a pit.
- Create a compost heap elsewhere from the removed soil.
- Rotovate the soil at the bottom of the pit.
- Rake and smooth over the rotavated soil.
- Treat soil base in pit with weed killer?
- Cover the whole pit with carpet or similar.
- Cut and fit wooden frame around the borders.
- Secure the area from critters?
- Fill the pit with compost / soil mixture.
- Choose a suitable crop for the spot.
- Collect brownie points.
After clearing away the weeds I began digging out massive squares of soil – a process that was considerably harder than I had anticipated. On the second day I was making progress but complaining all the way when, as an aside, I decided to try and “strim away” some of the growth around a nearby path – this proved to be a mistake of epic proportions as the end of the strimmer broke and I proceeded to strim my left leg). It was a couple of days until I ventured back out to continue the work – I had read some horror stories of people who had started digging vegetable patches, taken a break, and gone back to find the whole area re-covered in weeds – I approached the area with trepidation but all was well.
UPDATE: Managed to get some wood – patch is still waiting to be commissioned but is almost complete – save some edge paving and a latch for the gate! (Note the chicken wire along the bottom of the fencing – pesky critters!)