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Vegetable Garden Pt 3

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The garden progressed nicely. I demolished the hill of dirt, and started eating into another. Sue marked out circles for garden beds according to a permaculture design, with the middle one becoming a frog-pond.

Filling the Frogpond

Vegetable Garden Beds

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November 18th, 2011 at 6:03 am

Vegetable Garden Part 2

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This is an intermediate photograph, showing the reduction in the hill, and the spread of the topsoil 13 days later.

While I was doing this, we constructed a compost bin out of shed leftovers (a very smart Manor Red sides with Wilderness Green posts), and Sue made compost with cut grass/weeds and horse manure. You can see our scythe resting in front of them.

Compost bins and Scythe

I’ve been using the scythe lately to mow between the trees in windbreak — hard work but fun.

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November 1st, 2011 at 8:13 am

Vegetable Garden Part 1

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Having built the shed, and waiting while we developed the house plans, we decided to put in a vegetable garden. Behind the watertank was a gentle north-facing slope of empty land, perfect position for a garden. The photo below was taken from a very large pile of stockpiled topsoil scraped off the house site and driveway.

Brett looking down at the vegetable garden area behind water tank

And here’s me standing on top of it, with a post-hole shovel and a mattock (the latter proved unnecessary).

Brett standing on top of a mound of topsoul

The object of the next few weeks was to redistribute that pile over the garden area. This was actually a lot of fun! It’s not mentally challenging to dig and wheelbarrow, so my iPod helped immeasurably, and I listened to a lot of Sapphire & Steel and Doctor Who audio dramas, as well as a few informative podcasts (mostly from the ABC). Also, it’s very good exercise!

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October 10th, 2011 at 11:20 am