DIGGING NEW VEGETABLE BEDS AHEAD OF THE WET SEASON – 4th wk in November 2014

Last winter was so wet from December onwards that this year we are taking no chances when it comes to preparing new veg beds for the spring ahead of the winter weather. To speed up the digging and disturb the soil life as little as possible, we are just turning the sod on top of the adjacent sod, a little like preparing an Aran bed – known to some as a ‘lazy bed’.

Before the sods are turned over, compost or well-rotted manure is laid down the centre of where the bed is to be dug. This organic matter is then sandwiched between the sods to break down and feed the soil life over the coming months.

We then will cover over the dug over new veg beds with black plastic sheeting to prevent leaching of nutrients and weed germination, as well as encouraging worms and other soil life to thrive in the darker environment under the black plastic.

Turning sods to cover manure creates a raised bed in appearance which is less likely to become water logged in the event of downpours, especially with winter black plastic on top.

Turning sods to cover manure creates a raised bed in appearance which is less likely to become water logged in the event of downpours, especially with winter black plastic on top.

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