Well it’s been 2 years in the making…..a simple vegetable garden, my husband and I have fought over, my frustration at him not wanting to get it done but FINALLY he got the fence finished, the soil dug up and we are now preparing beds. In his defence though, this job is very demanding, 7 days a week and when he gets a spare minute the last thing he wants to do is more work and I get that. So far we have 3 beds dug up and planted and it’s so exciting for me to have a vegetable garden this big. The last time I had a vege garden was in the suburbs, even though we own small acreage in town the house yard was relatively small, well not really, actually I don’t know why our last vege garden was so small? Anyway it was, 4 small beds that barely fit anything in them but it was still awesome to grow our food.
Fast forward to today and in comparison, this garden is a beast!
Having heavy machinery and tractors at our disposal has been such a blessing throughout this whole process. It just makes life a lot easier than having to go to the nursery a thousand times buying dirt to fill the garden. Fortunately this farm is laden with beautiful topsoil so there were zero trips to nurseries this time round.
Once we got the dirt in place the fence went up, well, half of it and that’s where the project ended for 12 months, so instead of a thriving vegetable garden I had a great toilet for the dogs!
FINALLY, last weekend, hubby got some spare time to finish it and what a shit fight it was! He worked so hard to get it back to where we started and it literally took all day. We hired a rotary hoe to make life a little easier but man that thing was challenging to drive and super hard work.
He finally got it to the stage where we could start conditioning the soil. We bought bags of Dynamic Lifter which is an organic fertiliser in pellet form. I think we used about 5 bags of that and then we put about 5 bags of organic mulch over that. Hubby then rotary hoed that all through and he was done! We put the sprinkler on to break down the organic matter over the next week and BAM ready to form up the beds!
So far we have 3 done and in those 3 beds we have a heap of different varieties of tomatoes, corn, shallots, cucumber, capsicum and lettuce.
I have herbs to go in, basil, parsley, pineapple sage and then I have thousands of seeds to germinate so it should be a good season. Whether or not I have enough room for everything remains to be seen! I will keep you updated on what we do, and what is working well, and who knows, maybe I can inspire you to start your own food garden!