Monday, August 22, 2011
greenfinger tips - starting a new city organic garden
gardening the lazy way
i have just started a new garden and being pushed for time am using the assistance of cardboard boxes. i leave the boxes standing on the grassy area for about 4 days. the grass yellows and it is easy to pull up the roots, especially if the soil is damp. i have not disturbed the soil at all. there is a delicate order of organisms that live in the soil. when you dig the soil over, that order is disturbed and can take a long time to restore.
seeds going into the soil
the first few mustard seeds have already germinated and i am waiting for the flax/linseed, fennel, mung beans and chillies to pop their sweet tender green leaves out of the soil. i am going to plant peas, parsley and lettuce in the next section.
the garden service at the property is vicious. you have to protect your garden bed somehow. so on sunday, i went rocking in my neighbourhood. i looked for places where there were excavations going on and there they were, now nicely lined up. i hope they are adequate protection from the edge-trimming men.