Just a short post because though I have mentioned this before, I don’t think I have ever photographed it to show.
Our lettuces, silverbeet (chard) and broccoli self seed, we haven’t bought seeds or seedlings for years. This front raised garden runs the width of the front section, this is much longer than the photo suggests. Every summer we leave our self sewn seedlings in and will plant beetroot etc in amongst them, we also leave a couple of plants of everything again go to seed mid summer. By end of summer this is what the garden looks like – this is full (actually overfull) of free food.
We managed to grow some unintended pumpkins in here this year so they are being trained to wander over the sides and down onto the lawn. Also some tomato plants popped up. The loose-leaf lettuce are being eaten now with lots of new ones still popping up, the silverbeet nearly ready and will last months, the broccoli maybe another month, some carrots in here will be another 2 months, the pumpkins and tomatoes may be another 3 months away. By end of autumn it will have vegetables again going to seed and they germinate with the warmth of the following late Spring.
Our big vegetable garden down the back grew a heap of silverbeet and carrots this way this year.
We keep alot of organic matter up to this garden, along with worm castings etc, to enbable us to grow this way – it’s fertile and loose.