Moving into the height of summer now. I really felt the brunt of it on Friday when I was moving the raised beds from the shade to the top garden where there’s more sun. I also looked at the sun and it looks like that during summer this area is going to get some seriously long hours of sunshine. The new raised beds are arranged along the square garden approach. I want to try and get the most out of the small space I have so this beds will be planted accordingly. The other thing I did was use sprinklers for irrigation. I was using drip irrigation but because of the concentrated effect it was not helping to keep a large area moist so using the square garden approach I will need to have a more dynamic approach to watering.
August is not really a time for doing anything in the garden so not really sure what I’ll achieve. The other thing is that I won’t be here for three weeks so the garden will be in maintenance mode so can’t see anything new being grown. I have some seeds and while I’m away I’m hoping that Mirit might be able to plant a few seeds for me so that there will be something to put in the garden come end of August when the days are shorter and less savage.
You can pretty much see how I’ve gone about creating the beds with the layers. The bottom layer is mixture of straw and horse manure. One top of this as I mow the lawn each week I’ll add that to the bed on top of the straw mixture and then add a layer of sawdust. I did this in the front and the soil there is beautiful is a really short time. The theory is that with this quick turn around on top of the slower grass manure layer the plants might have something to grow into and also the water will be held onto by something. Then before planting I’ll put a layer of compost on top of the bed just to give a bit of a shot in the arm for the vegetables.