Rotational Garden Beds

It’s been a while, I know, I plead illness for my part at not updating here in a while. However, while I’ve been under the weather Craig and Buffie have (as usual) been racing along. This is bound to be a photo heavy post as we’ve lots to show off. In fact I think I’ll have to divide things into a few posts.

 I’ll start with the main vegetable production plot. We designed a garden plot that was made up of 4 plots with 8 beds. This is to be a 4 plot rotation garden where one plot lays empty each year while the others produce on rotation (potatoes in plat A this year, then into plot B next year, plot C gets to rest this year and plot D will rest next cycle and so on). The first stage of this process was of course to get the ground ready. It took a long long time for our clay soil to dry out after our extra wet winter so nothing could be done during the first few months of spring.

The first step was to improve the soil, as per recommendations by Kay Baxter we had some pumice sand and compost delivered. The guys at the landscape supplies mixed the materials together prior to delivery for us at no extra charge.

Craig then proceeded to use his manly (cough, splutter) skills to wheelbarrow down load after load, after load of the mix to the garden area.

 

(those little brown dots individual loads of dirt)

Our original plan was to buy pigs and have them turn over the ground for us, this proved beyond our abilities to organise this year and so instead shared the hire of a rotary hoe with our friends Rochana and Morgan. 

This is the best photo of the entire area I could take.

 

 It took Craig and Buffie an entire day to turn over all the ground.

 

The next move is to either double dig the beds to remove any further weeds or to sheet mulch, I believe this discussion is still ongoing, personally I’d like to see a bit of both just to compare the end results.

The chickens have thought the digging to be a fine plan and have left eating our cabbages to be social and help deweed and debug the turned over soil.

Thats all chickens except our broody black hen who has been sitting on about 10 eggs for several weeks now. We are pretty certain they aren’t going to hatch but she (along with one of the white ducks and her clutch) are happy to sit on them anyways.

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