I’ve been shooting from the hip for the first part of the year or at least since we moved into the house. I’ve really been enthusiastic and like most beginners jumped in head first before looking at how deep the pool really was. I read about permaculture, aquaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, no-till, raised beds, and on and on. It was all new and I lapped it up without thinking, jumping at idea’s but never really having a clear plan. This below is the result, A pretty much hotchpotch of dirt and wood and very little green.
Don’t get me wrong or think I’m just being negative. I have made mistakes and had a few mishap’s along the way but this year has been about learning how this piece of earth works and how I can try and get the best out of it. My idea of having the garden at the bottom was OK in the beginning but after summer came and leaves appeared on all the leaves that was pretty much the death nail for those beds.
Now I’ve got a plan. I want to see what I need to grow and when I need to plant it, probably most importantly how much I need to plant. I’ll be converting the upper terrace that gets light most of the day into the main garden area using raised square gardens. I have the beds on the lower terrace and those will be broken up and re-made into the square beds. So no wastage and the material I had in the beds will just become a big compost pile. I’m thinking that that will be the best thing for this area in the shade.
The idea of this post is that I will have a reference for a year or so down the line and see how much progress I’ve made. I’m hoping that with a bit more planning and thinking about what I need to put into the beds I’ll actually get something out of the garden. I really enjoy being out there and working and seeing the beginnings of something has given me some encouragement.