Michael Allison

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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:09

So a little update

I spent the last day spreading and digging 600 Litres of manure into the soil, its certainly started to improve the quality. I thought for my first year I would start conservatively so ive made my vegetable plot 13 feet x 13 feet which gives me 169 square feet. Please see this image   http://imgur.com/IuMLu7k

Im planning on digging 2 beds each side and planting, potato, beans, beets, and carrots.

I would welcome any feedback and advice on what I have stated here.



Posted: 17/08/2013 at 21:22

Im planning what to grow once my veg plot is finished and potato is def something I want, I eat tons of them so growing my own organic ones will be terrific.

What is the best variety to grow ? 



Posted: 17/08/2013 at 20:58

yea ive tried that it wont budge ... perhaps a sledge hammer may move it ?


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 20:52


So I have an elderberry tree in my garden and its going to be casting to much of a shady patch where my veg plot is going to be so today I began to cut it down, It was actually a lot easier than I thought and now im left with just a stump.

This is going to be trickier to remove as it seems quite deep rooted, so after digging around it I found 3 large roots which I exposed and then severed with a hand axe. How long can I expect to wait before it dies off and im able to easily remove it ?

any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:10

Please see the top of the thread for before and after pics of the initial clear 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 21:10

Yea im really excited to get it all ready I guess having never done any gardening ive got a lot to learn im only 28 so plenty of time 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:45

So ive spent some more time and im ready to start improving soil have ordered 1800 litres of manure and topsoil also  what is the best way to use this ? Simply spread and dig it in and if so how deep


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:38

also sorry to sound dumb, but was is double digging ? haha


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:32

wow some great responses here, thankyou.  Yes i must admit im aching right now !

So i was thinking about growing carrots, potato, beets, onion, and a few other bits like chilli and perhaps some herbs to ?  Im very keen but dont want to plunge myself in to heavy first time around.  So once I have rectifed the issue with the terrible soil im guessing its a good idea to dig into sections and put as zoomer said 3/4 beds in ?

when is the best time to plant such things ? and also is it a good idea to chemically fertilise the soil aswell as the manure/compost prior to the next planting season ?



Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:01

So what is the best compost to use to add bulk and vitality to this poor soil

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