Last year our veg patch was nothing to be proud of.
It produced loads of veg to see us through the summer and beyond, but it was nothing to look at. From every edge the weeds encroached into the plot until I gave up the fight and let them win, and although it was productive I felt ashamed to walk anyone round it.
|Early in the season everything looks great - this is a picture from last year|
But this year I'm taking a stand against the weeds. I'm going to be at home more so there should be no excuse for having a weed filled garden.
|Just to prove I can keep it tidy, a picture of our old allotment (2010)|
My plan is to divide up the veg plot, separating them into beds, divided up with paving slabs. This means that it will stop me walking on the soil, be easy to alter if I want to move them and make it easier to set targets on weeding (e.g. I'll weed one bed tonight). I used to have raised beds at our last place and found it really easy to keep on top of, although it was much smaller than what I've got now!
|A mild winter, chickens and a two year have left my garden looking far from picture perfect. I almost didn't put this picture up for the shame of it!|
If I divide it up into 4ft wide by 10ft long beds it means I'll have 16 beds to plant up in the main garden area, which should be plenty to keep up with at the moment. I normally organise my garden on a 6 year rotation should this should be even easier to manage, with a few plots spare for things like strawberries or salads.
|This is the plan - to divide it into sixteen 4ftx10ft plots which should make it easier to manage|
|The first three plots done. Herb plot, Shallots & red onions then the last one white onions and garlic|
I managed to lay three of the new dividing paths this weekend before I ran out of slabs. I also weeded and planted up these areas as well.
The main downside is the space lost to the slabs and the cost. So far these slabs have cost nothing as they're second hand, but I now need to either wait and see if I can find more free ones or buy some. I phoned for a price today and for the 77 slabs I need it's going to come to £211, which I didn't think was too bad.
What do you think I should do? Buy the slabs and get organised ready for the summer or wait and save money? Also do you think I'm doing the right thing by dividing up the plot so much and loosing the space with the slabs?