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Greg’s Garden

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When visitors see the productivity of our vegetable garden, they cannot understand how we can get such results when I am so ill.  The photo above was taken on 1st August and shows broccoli ready to harvest along with lots of fancy lettuce in the foreground, french shallots in the middle of the bed with Pak Choi going to seed surrounded by a ring of cauliflower … there is no bare space available – not even for weeds.

The bed was set out in early march with three rows of strawberry plants from last season interspersed with lettuce seeds also from last years garden.  Down the middle of the bed, small french shallot bulbs from last year were planted into three rows followed by three rows of snow peas which failed miserably.  Cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli seedlings were purchased in a punnet.

The secret to this success is entirely due to the previous owner building the bed and filling it with three parts pig poo to one part topsoil.  It is the most nutrient rich garden I have ever had.  The excess of pig poo is the reason why the peas failed.  Their leaves just curl up and wither.  Beans react in the same manner.

We are growing much more than we can be expected to eat so we give some to any sucker that comes our way simply to get some space to throw a few more seeds at the garden bed.  The lettuce will soon have to be removed to allow next seasons crop of strawberries hiding in there somewhere to see the light


Written by Greg Naylor

2 August 2011 at 1:06 pm

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  1. You wouldn’t believe it! The day after writing this piece, the vegie plot was raided by the cockies who pinched about half a dozen lettuce as well as the broccoli plant in the right front of the photo. Bugger!

    Greg Naylor

    4 August 2011 at 4:21 pm

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