August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm #257194
Someone’s been guerilla gardening on my nature strip again. I think it was Che Guava, but can’t be sure.
You will see from the picture attached and here that a wonderful no-dig garden bed is now beautifying the nature strip outside my place. A no-dig bed means exactly that – no digging – which means you don’t have to worry about pipes beneath the earth. And now there is more space for local people to eat local food. That means more people out on the streets talking to each other as they garden; less dependence on supermarkets and fossil-fuel based food; and more food security.
It’s a no-brainer.
To make a no-dig bed – at least this version – you begin by making the garden bed frame out of wood, which I picked up from the salvage yard for a total of $6. I then placed about 20 layers of overlapping wet newspaper within the confines of the bed, to inhibit weeds and grass. I then put a layer of lucene (about 10cm thick) on the newspaper; then a layer of sheep manure; then a layer of pea straw; then another layer of sheep manure; then a layer of compost. I then planted a few flowers in pockets of compost in the corners, to keep the neighbours happy (which is important). I’m now going to let it sit for a couple of weeks and plant it up with potatoes. The same method worked a treat in the backyard. Veges go nuts for no-dig beds. The potatoes should be ready for the street party at Christmas.
For my other guerilla gardening activities, see here.
Also, just a reminder that the Simplicity Institute still collecting “Stories of Simplicity.” For those who wish to share their exploration of the simple life, please see here. We’d love to hear from you!August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm #526813
Good work!(I want to do a thumbs up smiley but half my smilie icons are gone , leaving red crosses amd the word.. ?????? )
Those layer ingredients will be magic!
Is that bed deep enough to grow potatoes successfully? I have grown many things in new
no dig beds, but haven’t tried potatoes yet.August 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm #526814
What a great idea! I have been thinking of planting peas and beans on the nature strip to run up my fence on the outside. I like the flowers idea, it is going to be so pretty.
Oh, that reminds me, every time the council guy mows my nature strip he carefully mows around a tiny daisy plant. So I think there are a few sensitive souls even in the council! I hope you have no problems with keeping your raised bed 🙂August 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm #526815
BW, I’m pretty sure it will be deep enough for a good crop, but it’s partly an experiment. I’m intending to heap up soil / compost / straw as the potatoes grow, so that should help with depth.
I planted them up yesterday in the sun. 🙂
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