Gardening can be easy!
Often people get turned off by the idea of gardening as they see constant images of digging, weeding, watering, cleaning, back breaking work etc. in gardening shows on TV and in magazines. Veggie patches seem to need large amount of space and many tools and products. I believe gardening has to be low input and high output pleasurable activity. Developing a veggie patch need not be a backbreaking exercises with little result. I will teach you easy vegetable gardening with minimum input, products and labor but produce enough vegetables for 7-8 months enough for your family and friends too!.
I follow very easy agricultural principles for my vegetable gardening with minimum fertilizers, work and sprays. Selections of areas in your backyard, seedbed preparation and sunlight availability are very important. If you have a back yard big or small and a fence that is more than enough. I will deal with container gardening in later blogs.
Garden/Veggie patch/seedbed preparation
Tools and materials required
All you need is a pitchfork, shovel, metal rake, a digging tool (for occasional use). Brand of tools does not matter. If you can't find the exact tools as shown below just substitute with a similar one.
You need some ash from woodfire or sand and some gypsum and some store bought potting mix.
Light Shovel to lift clods or turn soil
Pitch Fork to dig
|Light digging tool for larger plants|
|Top part of the ground with large dug out clods|
|Smaller clods with better crumble develops with ash and gypsum working to give aggregates and texture|
|Garden bed ready to rake with a metal rake.|
To rake the soil clods at this stage move the teeth of the metal rake lightly up and down the area and even the bed out at the top. The bed should look as below.