"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and for each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do."
—Wendell Berry

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Chemical free weed control

This will be our new kitchen garden. Currently it is an old and rather overgrown ornamental garden bed with severe drainage issues. So the first step is to get rid of the weeds. As there are a lot of stones and a cement pond-ish thing in there we decided to kill off the growth so we can see what we are dealing with first before digging it out. To do this I like to use black builders plastic to cover the area. This will prevent rain getting in and raises the temperature underneath to cook out the weeds. The plan is to raise the edges to about knee height and use it as a kitchen garden to grow herbs mostly. There are another two beds in the area that will also be used for this.
 This is a pretty little bugger but I have no idea what it is. Each year it puts on a beautiful display. It was a kind gift from a friend sometime back and hangs at the end of the kitchen gardens.
One tired little puppy all worn out after helping cover the garden bed.


  1. How awesome would it be to have herbs at the back door? I'm planning something similar at my place, only on the back deck (to keep the naughty Rogan dog from 'playing' with the herbs. I thought about using the front yard, but there is too much sun in summer.

    And Rufus is adorable :)

    1. Your back deck is perfect for a row of large pots. It would look superb.

  2. I've already got four pots with bromileads and cactus - I decided to start with something easy given my gardening skills are negligible :)

  3. Herbs are easy Dani. A rich soil mix, good sun and don't forget to water. Can't go wrong. The short lifespan of most culinary herbs makes them very forgiving to grow.