When we first built this veggie garden, the big question was – will it receive enough sun? The tested answer was no.
Whilst the patch received enough sun for some leafy greens and some butter beans to grow, it was not enough for them to thrive. It was certainly not enough sunshine per day for any of the flowering crops, such as tomatoes or zucchini, to produce any fruit.
A couple of months ago we had the Leopard tree taken out. In the four years since creating the veggie garden, the canopy of that tree had almost doubled in size, completely blocking any sunshine from reaching the garden.
Now the garden receives full sun for most of the day. Hip hooray! And the field of silverbeet is luscious.
I’m sure there will be some issues around too much westerly sun in the middle of summer, etc. For now, though:
sun + water = delicious home grown food.
We eat at least 4 ‘bunches’ of silverbeet each week. So our self regenerating field of the stuff is a good investment in family health and for the family budget.
Mandarin Tree Bronze Orange Bug – Musgraveia sulciventris. This is a large stink bug that sucks the juice from plants, especially the young green shoots.
One raised garden bed 3x3m
Filled with soil – ready to go!
We built this on the weekend! Amazing family effort. The kids wanted to be involved in the building and filling, it was handy to have some ear muffs and gloves for them to wear.
The garden bed was designed to be 3x3m square and 0.4m high. Due to the slope of the ground, only two sides are the planned height – 2 sleepers, and the other two sides are 0.2m – one sleeper high. Enough materials left over to build another smaller raised bed, 2x1m large, 0.2m high, which was also completed on the weekend.
The raised bed was designed to use the full 3m length sleeper to avoid wasted off cuts. The post holes were dug 0.6m deep.
Materials used include: 8 x 3m sleepers and 3x 2.4m posts, 150mm bugle head screws, 3.5m3 premium organic soil. Total budget: $370 – a big investment!