In my last post I wrote about the gift of wooden boxes I received from my family. The boxes were installed over the patch where I previously had my vegetables growing in the ground. These boxes will revolutionise my gardening because I am able to work at a standing height and I have more control over soil conditions.
The next step was to fill the boxes with soil. I ordered a load of soil/ compost/ manure mixture and proceeded to start filling. Unfortunately the soil had to be offloaded on the front lawn because the truck was too wide for our driveway.
It’s not a great photo but one can see the tight squeeze it would be. So, the big trek began. I managed to fill one and a half boxes on my own before hubby came home and helped top up the second box before it was too dark. The trick is to have two people so that the wheelbarrow can be lifted and the soil tipped into the box. When our helper, Mdange, came on the following Saturday we worked as a team and had the other eight boxes filled in no time – in spite of the wind and light rain. What a relief! We finished the day muddy and tired but happy to have the job done.
Now comes the planting. I have a small nursery area on the front porch for growing seedlings. It’s warm and sunny but protected from wind and heavy rain. The perfect spot. I have a number of seeds germinating and growing and the boxes are waiting. . .
The first boxes I bought and planted are doing so well and we are enjoying kale, spinach, carrots, lettuce, leeks and herbs. I’m looking forward to seeing the other boxes brimming with delicious vegetables too.
Urban vegetable growing is the way to go. It’s therapeutic, relaxing and of course the benefit is growing one’s own food. Prices are rising and as commercial farms in this country are taken over food will become more scarce and more expensive. We are blessed to have a good supply of rain water from our tanks.
It’s been expensive setting up my backyard “farm”, but the long-term benefits will make it a worthwhile exercise. Who knows? Perhaps in time I will have a vegetable padstal on the verge outside our house to sell our excess produce. Wouldn’t that be fun!
The pink bag in the picture above is full of wood chips to be used as mulch. A property across the road is being developed. A tree felling company was removing a large tree and chipping the logs to be removed. I went over and asked for a couple of bags of the chips and the owner was more than happy for me to take them. What a blessing. Now I have enough chips to cover the boxes once I’ve planted my first crops.
Now we wait for the next batch of seedlings to be ready to transplant. It’s a never ending cycle.