Hi Cushie, good to hear there is another keen gardner in the neighbourhood. I live in the Frankton Railway Village, no. 19 Weka Street. If you want to make contact my ph. no. is 8473676. At the moment I have some seedlings that I have grown from seed that are excess to requirement if you are interested. Mostly heritage tomatoes and capsicans. I always manage to grow more than I need so I'm always keen to share the excess.
Thank you for your comments Cushie, you made me laugh about the comment of eyeing up the neighbours section as well. I keep eyeing up the lawn in front from the house to grow barley, but my partner is not that keen on the idea, nor about a keeping a milking cow, though unfortunately he is right about the cow, we don't have the room yet!
Hi Cushie thanks for your message. Our Blueberries are planted in the ground and have taken a couple of years to establish and this year is the first year we will have berries, I think this is due to our heavy clay soil. I have found that keeping them weed free, providing compost and keeping them mulched has worked wonders with them this last year. They prefer an acidic environment and you can use a citrus fertiliser on them. I haven't read they need more than one variety, we have five plants so I'm not sure, Caroline
Hi Cushie, welcome to oooby, I am sure you will find this a great place to natter, as we do. I like your philosophy, our lawn is now an overgrown patch of weeds and much smaller than when we moved in, just like you I think the more area for growing food the better, we don't own a noisy lawnmower, my husband keeps a little bit of recreation lawn short with a push mower and I have a sharp hand scythe to cut the grass and weeds down when they start to get bolshy and invade the food growing spaces. :) We do collect the neighbours grass clippings though, to use as mulch.
Oops...in addition, I forgot to mention, I put this all straight on top of the existing grass...no digging...I just laid about 5 layers of broken down cardboard boxes from the supermarket on the grass, built the boxing on top of that, and then filled with the growing medium....easy peasy.
Hi Cushie...I read the book Square Foot Gardening some 20 years ago and now is the first real opportunity I've had to use the priniples completely, though I have used PARTS of the principles before and loved them. This 'system' fits with my style of gardening very well...I am definitely NOT a 'regular' vegetable gardener - I've always done things by instinct and rarely with chemicals, bar the odd previous use of snail bait. When I moved into this place, there was no vegetable garden to speak of, and the landlord said I could dig up the whole back yard. Well, that was music to my ears! hehe...but I have a bad back, so wanted something less strenuous. That's when I remembered the SFG method and particularly the raised garden bed part. I designed the beds to my current financial capabilities (I'll extend it at the end of winter) so I have 4 feet x 7feet at 8 inches deep and 4ft x 7ft at 16 inches deep - yes, have kept true to the foot measurements, (30cm = 1 ft). The wood boxing is untreated macrocarpa 200mm x 50mm...should last for years! The fill isn't pure to SFG standards, as I couldn't afford it, so I almost filled it with a 50/50 top soil/fish-bark compost and added a few bags of peat. I sowed the first seeds at the end of August...and that's the result to date. The marking out of the square feet is to give planting 'blocks' one crop per block - no space wasted! This way I can interplant the blocks with vegetables and pest controlling flowers/herbs. More information on the SFG can be found here I hope this has helped some and if you want to know more, I'm happy to share. Happy gardening. PS...cheaper timber can be used, but it might need replacing earlier. And I didn't want anything treated near my edibles, so I chose to not have arsenic for dinner! lol