Hi, so firstly well done on your award for best green blog in S.A.! A shoe-in. Awesome.
My wife and I have this rambling garden in Hout Bay. It’s quite a thing. But we are taming it bit by bit. Got an army of snails but that’s another story. Moles, too. And so many clivias bunched up that none of them flower! Like seriously, if anyone wants to come get a clivia or two, you are welcome.
I generally do the grunt work in the garden, being strong but stupid; while my wife Christelle has grand visions for how to re-landscape it (and re-do the house) – she really has an “eye” – it’s quite amazing. So, her latest thing: the back garden/veggie patch. Huge shambles previously.
Last week she/we decided to turn the area into a raised, bordered veggie garden – comprising 2 sections, one measuring 3m x 1.3m, the other 2m x 1.3m, using treated rough wood (i.e. borer proof) and simple river stones for the pathway and perimeter. R50 per bag of stones and we need about 12! Eysh. The wood we got from www.pennypinchers.co.za. Oh and R10 per bag of compost at Builders Warehouse, but hurry. You can win a house if you shop on your Mastercard. Its their birthday or something.
The border was simple to do, we just nailed them together, and then sunk the frame about 5cm in. Filled it with compost, coastal sandy soil and a layer of topsoil. Plastic under the stones to prevent grass coming up, but inside we just yanked out all the grass roots.
Transplanted the broccoli, the baby cabbages (pictured at front of veggie patch), as well as mint, rosemary and strawberries at the far end. Strawberry plant look great – grows well – but never any fruit!! Suggestions welcome.
We’ve got lavender x 30 all along the border of the wall, still growing, so we hope to attract bees. Bees are endangered, you know. ALong with frogs and chameleons. Think about it: when did you last see a chameleon?
Then I seeded 12 x runner beans and 12 X beetroot. Snail bait and garden gunned the whole thing. Now we wait.
I don’t know how it will go. Watch this space. Any advice re raised, bordered veggie patches welcome…
Gareth Pike Hout Bay
Ps that green thing in the corner is a Green Genie; great for compost especially with some worm powder thrown in. Takes a while though.
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