So, I’ve been lax this winter. I didn’t weed at all and my garden ended up looking like this:
Eeek. That’s a few hours work with a pitchfork, and I know (from experience, heh) that dumping dirt on top of things like that doesn’t generally stop them growing.
So I covered the plot in plastic.
As you can see my garbage bags were not quite big enough, so some improvising happened. Very ad-hoc. Hopefully the lack of sun will kill off at least some of that growth. Or provide an interesting study of black plastic in a high UV environment, you know, either way. (New Zealand has a high UV index).
In the meantime- newspaper pots!
Oh so sophisticated. 1. Cram newspaper around mold 2. tape in place 3. fill with dirt and seed 4. allow to sprout on waterproof something. 5.plant
Not sure how many to make really. This is just 12 and obviously still need dirt and seeds.
I’m going to start the garden with tomatoes, eggplant, and assorted squashes including spaghetti summer, and zucchini. I can plant the tomatoes and eggplant in August, but will get good sized plants of the others before setting out. Probably in October. Not sure if I want to get a few beets in (I’d be the only one eating them), and since I don’t have that much space not sure about broccolis or cabbage either especially as those tend to be cheap year round.
I also need to fence it off as the dogs like to hop in there from the deck. Also Toby pees on things because that’s what boy dogs do.
To take advantage of more sun I’m going to get a bit vertical. I plan to sew something like this from some canvas stuff I bought at the fabric store. I can grow some herbs and such in there and maybe some larger things in the bottom. I think green onions, basils, chilis, parsley and try for cilantro at the very least. I may also keep some other things in there like smaller tomato plants or spinach.
More when I get dirt (and seeds, and that grass monster in the garden plot dies)!