First. Clearing the area of matted couch grass gone wild.
Second. Lots of digging. My Garden Gnome is good at digging, even though he has a sore back.
Third. Design the yard. Draft it all on AutoCAD, a computer program Mr Gnome was an expert on in the past.
Fourth. Screening two cubic metres of soil from an earlier project to take out all the weeds and all the stones in the soil.
We added chicken manure from our chicken sheds, cow manure, soaked coir to retain the moisture, some compost, and lots of other goodies along the way.
I had some potatoes with eyes that had been hanging around for just too long, so they were first in the bed. Next came some carrot seed, and zucchini. Well the zucchini plants were tiny when we planted them, but, you know what? They grew and grew, and grew. They ended up with leaves twice the size of my head. The leaves covered the carrots so we didn't get any carrots. The potatoes grew and grew too. We have harvested zucchinis and potatoes.
I have decided that I don't like the leaves of the zucchini. They are very prickly and they spread everywhere. So maybe next year, they will not be invited back, although it was lovely to eat fresh, organic veggies without much work.
I also planted some spaghetti squash in there too, but they didn't stand a hope with the aggressive zucchini. Oh well, now I know.
That's the story of Bed No.1.
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