“Success” on our weekends tends to be measured in major infrastructure projects. This month I have been keen to build, install and plant ALL the backyard garden beds in one hit (more below) but life has, as usual, got in the way. Still, there are plenty of achievements if I start looking…
- Harvested about 1.5kg of carrots to clear part of the bed for a compost bin. This is in preparation to rejuvenate the bed and plant climbing beans on a bamboo-framed trellis around its perimeter. It was surprising to see how well many of the carrots had grown in spite of being packed in like sardines!
- Cleared about 8m2 of kikuyu from the backyard – a bin full.
- Bedded the second of five new timber raised garden beds into the backyard. These will form a continuous garden along the back and side fence and adjacent to the garden shed, with a view to growing pumpkin vines from the raised bed up to the shed roof! As all the old concrete has now been cleared, there are no flat surfaces left for assembling the remaining garden beds. May have to colonise the footpath for half a day…
- Tied up the tomato plants which are rocketing along as the weather warms up.
- Yesterday turned the contents of my first mid-garden-bed compost bin (this is amongst the tomato plants) and found to my surprise that it was really warm inside and rotting along nicely. Also packs a powerful pong when turned! This was in contrast to the neglected bin which I’ve moved today. The difference? More frequent top-ups of scraps, and watering the compost whenever I water the surrounding garden bed. Let’s see if the same recipe works for the new bin!
- By the way, compost turning in the bins is with a compost screw – MUCH easier than poking a fork or shovel into the bin, or removing the bin altogether for turning, especially if the bin is dug into the ground a bit to deter rodents.
- Pulled out the insanely prolific sweet peas that had finished flowering, and used them to deep mulch inside the eastern fence. Hopefully they will give a nitrogen boost to the citrus trees inside the fence and also provide some shelter from afternoon sun and westerly winds for the newly emerging baby carrots and spring onions just outside the fence.