Monday, June 7, 2010

Veg plotting

I got absolutely sick of battling against weeds, animals, lack of water supply ... and so decided to plant no more vegetables unless and until I had a proper raised bed sytem set up. It has taken a while to get going, mostly due to the bad weather, but at long last the beds have been constructed and filled with soil and mushroom compost, plus whatever other 'goodness' I could find. The four beds are each 1.6m wide and 4m long, in two zones one higher than the other (owing to the uneven land profile). Yes, I know that is much wider than most people advise but at least I can walk around and reach from all sides. The new plot is right next to the house and there is a well there too. The paths dividing the beds will be paved once the soil has settled. So just in the nick of time, as the temperature is soaring, I have put in as many seedlings as I could lay my hands on. Tomatoes, aubergines, zucchini, lettuce, beet, radicchio, rocket, onions, leeks, peppers - a wide selection so I can see which ones do best. Plus I have sown some seed - lettuce and chichory mixtures - but I doubt they will do anything. Now here's hoping ...


Pauline said...

It's looking good and I'm amazed at how you are always coming up with new projects that require lots of hunky men working up a sweat just for you - good thinking.
Did you put in any irrigation engineering into the design - like a sprinkling system at the touch of a button perhaps?
This is only entincing me further to come for an inspection.

Esther Montgomery said...

Are the edges only 1.6 metres? They look much grander and larger than that.

Hope you get a good crop.


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Although you claim NOT to be a successful gardener-I think you're on the right track. And your Umbria climate is your great ally.

I'll keep checking in on you and hoping for a raging success!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island said...

Wow! Good luck with all your veg growing. Here in Lazio I have begun picking zuchinni 1st one on the 10th of June, raspberries are doing well for the first time, I picked 320g today and the tomatoes are just begining to change colour. Christina

marĂ­a cecilia said...

Great beds, Ivonne!!! this is exactly what I need, plus some chicken wire around... I`m so sick of the rabbits eating all!!!!
You will have a veggie with such amount of seeds you are sowing, that`s great!!!