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Vege patch 5.0

Cow destruction
Version 5.0

After we got back from our 2016 holiday in New Zealand, we found that the land had been invaded by cows and they had completely destroyed our vege patch! So we took the opportunity to restarted a new one on the side of the hill in the field where there's much more sun. This one is much more organised and is divided into nine different beds each sign-posted with a letter so we can document what we do in each bed and when. This way we can experiment with different methodologies to see what best suits our situation here.

Bed A

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Bed B

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Vegepatch5B-Nov2016.jpg

Bed C

Vegepatch5C.jpg
Vegepatch5C-Nov2016.jpg

Bed D

Vegepatch5D.jpg

Bed E

Vegepatch5E.jpg

Bed F

Vegepatch5F.jpg

Bed G

Vegepatch5G.jpg

Bed H

Vegepatch5H.jpg

Bed I

Vegepatch5I.jpg


Vege patch 4.0

Beth's started working on version 4 which is based on some basic permaculture design principles for optimising the nutrients and water available to the plants by having carbon and compost layers below the raised garden beds.

Sheet mulch garden bed 3.jpg Sheet mulch garden bed 5.jpg Sheet mulch garden bed 7.jpg
Pvc pipe for frost protection.jpg Pvc pipe for frost protection 2.jpg  


The land is much softer and easier to work in rainy weather, but it's not much fun :-( here's a photo of Beth not having much fun digging a small swale in the garden. She dug up some baby worms which she tried not to disturb too much, but it certainly shows that our soil is nice and fertile, there must be a hundred of them in that small area at least!

Beth working in the rain.jpg Beth working in the rain 2.jpg Baby worms.jpg


Here's a few photos of the vege patch over the first six months. In July 2013 the area was just grass and Beth started laying the sheet mulch rows, then in september I put a fence around the area to protect it from cows which is shown in the first picture below. The last pictures below are from January 2014 where some things have finally started to take off.

Vegepatch 3.0 fence 2.jpg Vege patch october 2013.jpg Vege patch Jan 2014.jpg
Lettuice Jan 2014.jpg Cabbage Jan 2014.jpg Pumpkin Jan 2014.jpg Tomato Jan 2014.jpg

Vege patch 3.0

The things we planted on our land have finally started to grow!

Turnip.jpg
Turnip
Spring onion.jpg
Spring onion
Rosemary.jpg
Rosemary
Radish.jpg
Radish
Pumpkin.jpg
Pumpkin
Mint.jpg
Mint
Kumara.jpg
Kumara
Capsicum.jpg
Capsicum
Aubergine.jpg
Aubergine

When to plant vegetable seeds

Starter seed chart by temperature.jpg Days to germinate according to temperature.jpg

Greenhouse

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