Last year’s veggie growing didn’t go well. What with constant rain, little sun and an army of slugs and snails, we did not get much of a harvest.
This year, we were determined to do better. Nematodes took care of the slugs and snails. All plants were grown to a good size before planting out and carrots are in their own special box. This has worked quite well and the veggie patch is looking good (see right).
We have two veggie patches, one that was here already and the one in the picture to the right that we built. With all the focus on the new patch, we took our eye off the old patch and this (left) is what happened. It didn’t take long.
Now, one of the problems we have here in SW Scotland is that the growing season is a bit shorter. We have a greenhouse but it’s not very big. So, we have invested in a polytunnel which is planned to go over this weedy area.
The polytunnel has been delivered and sits awaiting action in our shed. It was time to take back control.
The original plan was to cover the area with a weed membrane. However, I saw a good idea on twitter that comes from the “no dig” school of thinking. Cardboard topped with mulch. We had plenty cardboard lying around. With COVID, we are buy much more stuff online, so plenty of boxes pass through our front door these days. We added our spin on this approach by covering the cardboard with wool. This is waste wool that can’t be used in Nicole’s rugs, so would have gone to compost anyway. I’m hoping that the damp wool will stop the cardboard blowing away.
The paths were covered in underlay from our bedroom floor. In case you’re wondering, I recently laid a new wooden floor replacing a rather old carpet.
Most of the cardboard was soggy having sat in a pile outside, so I got pretty wet carrying it over. But, bit by bit, I have reclaimed most of the patch. I ran out of cardboard before I got it all covered. This has not resulted in an online buying frenzy, but all boxes that arrive are soon snapped up and put to use.
Once the polytunnel is up, the growing areas will be covered in mulch provided by our sheep. By next year, this should provide an excellent growing area.