Follow the Sun
Most vegetables need to be exposed to sunlight – as much as 6 hours daily. Identify the veggies you want to plant and look for an area in your backyard that is flat and faces the sun for most of the day.
Mark the Perfect Spot
Find the area where you want to build your veggie patch and draw a boundary around it using the garden hose. You can also use a length of string.
Weed Out the Undesirables
First, uproot the plants and large weeds growing in the plot you have marked, then start digging. Begin from one corner and move across the entire area, following this technique: Dig, lift and turn the soil over. Dig, lift and turn the soil over.
Turning over existing sod (grass with a root system underneath) will transform it into compost as a result of insufficient sunlight. Continue the process until you are done with the entire garden area. Then, you may begin adding some new ingredients.
Here’s an important tip from the experts: When planting, it is important to add a thick layer of mulch – no less than 75 mm – to your top soil. Sugar cane mulch is a very effective in fighting weeds. For WA residents, lupin much is highly preferable. I've been using rice mulch with great success.
Ready the Soil
Soil preparation is an absolute must! Make your soil bed as rich and “friable” (a crumbly texture that helps roots grow strong) as possible to allow the young plants or seeds you plant to sprout. Another effective way to enrich your soil is by adding organic matter such as compost, manure and fertiliser.
Elevate the Beds
Creating a raised bed is the quickest way to dig up that deep layer of fertile soil. If you’re aiming for a very good harvest, then make sure the beds are properly prepared. A raised bed helps the veggies survive against clay soil and excessive water.
Build a Raised Bed
You can do this using a simple wooden border. Other materials that can be used as boundaries include sleepers, corrugated iron, blocks, bricks, piled rocks, even bales of lucerne or straw. The garden bed should be at least 30 cm in height to allow the soil to be packed securely inside. If you want to avoid this part of the project, you can easily buy ready-made raised beds. Just position it and fill it up with soil.
You’re now ready for planting. Check out some great ideas on my Pintrest board.
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