Tag Archives: Mulch

August – Pulling up Potatoes…

We have been away from The patch for quite a few weeks but on returning during August was a great surprise and the harvest was excellent from the veg garden.  We were able to give my Granddad a nice big veg box for his birthday.  One of the great reasons for growing fresh organic vegetables is that you can supply your friends and family with surplus…

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July – Sudden abundance

The first week in July and already our vegetable garden is producing an abundance of tasty food.  Nina’s medlar has settled in nicely.  Everything is mulched to hold moisture and suppress those volunteer plants.  We seem to have no pests eating anything as Nina carefully chose where to position plants to benefit one another and exploit those niches…

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Nina’s Medlar

At the beginning of June we planted a medlar tree for our new niece – Nina Eve. We decided to put it in with our vegetable garden using the principle of the things that are closest to zone 1 get the most attention.  The Patch is starting to look very nice and soon we’ll be welcoming our students for a Permaculture Design Course…

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May – results

In May we picked the first food grown from our seeds.  We were very happy indeed.  Seedlings were doing well and we even had some guests for dinner!  We mulched the new native edible hedge to suppress grass and weeds from outcompeting it and strimmed the food forest to provide mulch material.  Another gorgeous sunset too!…

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Starting our veg garden…

Our vegetable garden was made purely with what we could find mostly for free.  We gathered lots of cardboard to sheet mulch with.  We then collected hazel from the hedge rows on our lane and began to weave some raised beds.  We found more old fence posts and marked out our area – nice and close to the van and the shipping container.  On freecycle we came across as much rotten horse poo as we needed and we mixed that with comfrey.  It wasn’t long before we had our first packs of biodynamic seeds from Stormy Hall Seeds and were planting them.  A gate and some chicken wire kept out the deer and rabbits and we were away…

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Behind the old shed…

Whilst in Australia Nina and I also tackled the area behind the shed that had become very overgrown.  There were already banana trees there but lots of brambles and competing plants.  We slashed it all except the trees and then collected huge amounts of cardboard.  We laid the cardboard first putting down lots of nitrogen-rich material.  Once it was covered we mulched with straw and planted various plants into it.  Around the edges we planted comfrey and vertiver grass to stop encroaching bramble.  We then planted many more plants including pigeon pea, coco yam, cassava and sweet potatoes.  Pictures here…