Or rather lucky scatter…
I have been reading Jackie French books and she makes it sound so easy… Scatter the seeds, mulch, water and voila self sufficiency achieved!
Well I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try… So while I dream of my huge veggie garden surrounded by lavender and other flowers, I have decided to apply Jackie’s teachings and combine them with those of another lady I like, Flylady who says we should just take baby steps.
I have the large round veggie bed I used for tomatoes last year. It is a hugelkultur underneath and on top it’s got all the animal bedding of the winter before last, plus worms. I was surprised at how well the tomatoes did there last year and I’m hoping some will come up spontaneously but I figured some peas could go well there this year. Peas fix nitrogen, nitrogen promotes leaves so I am adding lettuce there too.
Result, I just planted:
- Sugar snap peas
- Mesculin mix (rocket, spinach and some type of red lettuce)
- Coriander… Because I like it
The soil in this patch is pretty good now, dark and moist, full of fat worms. I put a lot of seeds so hopefully some will sprout. I also left two plants that made it through winter: French sorrel and red Chards.
Then there’s my failed attempt at straw bale gardening from last year. The lavender bush in it is super happy but nothing else grew. I threw some of the same seeds in there plus pumpkins. It’s a bit early but worth a try.., we’ll see if anything sprouts now that the bales have decomposed a bit more…