|Left are ground cherries, middle top is broccoli, middle bottom cucumber, right is cucumber. All heritage seeds.|
I wasn't about to spend the money on renting a rototiller again, like I did for the first vegetable garden, and I didn't want to spend money on bags of compost, peat moss, topsoil etc. So I thought a no-dig garden would be perfect.
|Hmmm, where to put this new garden. I wanted to be a little away from the house shadow in the afternoon and not beside the driveway.|
The second step was to find a source of hay or straw. I tried hard to find some straw but everyone seemed to be out. So then I looked for hay and found that a local gardening store had some and a local farmer. I opted to go to the local farmer, which was half price and I figured maybe I'd meet somebody new. Each bale was around 3.50$ Cdn. I managed to stuff four of these bales into my old Chevy Cavalier and brought them home.
I spread out two bales of hay over the length of cardboard and gave it another good soaking with the hose.
|Cardboard on grass, then hay then topsoil, I dragged two cedar logs from the back forest with the ATV for edging.|
Then the last step was planning and planting some seeds. I decided since the weather is unusually warm and is expected to stay warm for the next two weeks that I'd take the risk and plant seeds. I planted three circles of herbs in the middle, dill, thyme, sage and basil. I planted a row of heritage beets, romaine lettuce and kale on one side. and I planted a row of beets and will soon plant broccoli seedlings and cherry sized tomato seedlings on the other end of the garden bed. I'm undecided on how early I could add the seedlings. I did give some thought as to what would be nice for neighbors to look at for this garden. I ruled out full size tomatoes and they get kind of scraggly looking. I thought leafy vegetables like lettuce and kale and beets would be pretty. As well the herbs have nice flowers.
So I'm hoping in the next week or so, I see some seeds sprouting up from my no-dig garden.