The veggie garden was choked with weeds and although I profess to love gardening the situation was causing a huge motivation problem for me. It just seemed like such a huge job and I didn't quite know where to start. Being spring, each day I procrastinated the weeds grew taller, more lush and confident. Well...I mowed it and this made a massive difference.
Now I have mulched a large part of it with pea straw. That's right I didn't dig it. I am going to follow Jackie French's advice:
So, for the most part, I am traveling the 'no dig' road. When it comes to planting, I will make a hole in the straw, put in some compost and plant in that. I will dig a couple of beds for root crops because I think you getter a better root that way.
I had some human help to move the nineteen barrow-loads of bark chips to create a long curved path from the gate at one corner of the patch to the other. I also had lots of chook help in spreading the straw and chips.
Now I can't wait to begin planting but I will hold myself back till it is a bit warmer. How will I know when to plant? It will be comfortable for me to sit on the ground with bare buttocks...Jackie says so.
If you are interested in more of Jackie's advice, there is a link in the side bar at the right. she has a great timetable for planting and jobs in the sustainable garden.