52 Shades of my Veggie Patch: Week 3


Spring 2012

Some really typical Spring weather this week- rain sun rain sun. Great for the garden.

My to-do list got two jobs knocked off it. I filled up the new garden bed with soil I dug over in the compost pile.

I approached that job with trepidation. Last weekend I was at a friend’s house doing a massive working-bee in their yard. At some point someone lifted the cover off their compost heap and discovered a whole nest of baby mice. It was quickly covered up and left for another day.

With that in mind, I dug into my pile. I half expected to hear a squeak or two, or find am impaled mouse on my pitch fork (which would have been followed by dancing a crazy pitch fork jig trying to dislodge it, screaming and then probably a little vomit into the bushes). Luckily there was non of that.

The whole thing was a bit of a let-down, really. I expected to find, beneath the crust of dried grass clippings, a lush earthy matter writhing with worms and promise of making my vegetables grow into some kind of super-veg that would win prizes at country fairs. I found dirt. Some of it was obviously some clumpy clay diggings dumped there by the previous owners from another part of the garden. Most of it was just dry, lumpy dirt that was not particularly dark or lush. I saw a couple of worms.

Anyway, I decided maybe my ideals of what good compost looks like were just a bit out of whack so I shovelled three barrow loads into my garden bed (compost heap now empty), added a bag of cow poo and dug it over. Meh. I guess it feels good to know that one part of my garden was put to use in another part. I was going to just get some dirt delivered from the nursery. This has got to be better, right?

I’ll be crossing off a couple of things on the to-do list, but I’ll be adding a new one: learn about how to do awesome compost.

  1. Get dirt for new garden bed
  2. Trim hedges around patch
  3. Dig over compost
  4. Tidy up dry stacked bricks
  5. Ask neighbour’s gardener where I should plant my lemon tree
  6. Research pumpkin varieties to plant in new garden be
  7. Plant purple carrot seeds in front left bed
  8. Learn how to compost like a champ

Picked some more leeks, rocket, cauliflower and some broccoli. My friends can expect little broccoli and leek bundles on their doorsteps. I am getting a bit over-run by the stuff. It is the first time I have picked broccoli from my garden, but every week we get a Luckwood Organics box and I cannot keep up with the broccoli that has been in the last few boxes. On the upside, my kids have completely given up whingeing about broccoli since it is on their plates pretty much every night.


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