liam schulze

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Harvesting Yarrow from around the property to use in my cover crop next year. I am lucky to have this great nutrient accumulator in large numbers around the immediate area.

Im not sure if I should sow now or wait until spring next year? Do Yarrow need to be cold treated ?
4 years ago
Thanks for the replies. I will keep you updated on how the rains and snow melt affect the beds and how the slope affects growth of my garden next year.
A fall of about half meter down over 4 meters long ( 1.5 feet down over 13 feet long). Zone 2.
Hi all,

I recently built some raised garden beds from recycled 6x2 planks. I placed them on a south facing slope and because of the limited amount of timber and they are quite short ( 6 inches to be precise) I didn't dig them in to the hill so the beds are on a slope. Has anyone have experience with sloping garden beds, will this be a problem?

Thanks
Update: Created a pathway around the garden using ditches filled with wood chips. Now I can access all parts of the garden to plant and harvest. Looks pretty baron at the moment but waiting till next season to populate the beds with a cover crop. will possibly try to snow seed.
4 years ago
The latest addition, 40 sq feet of garden beds. (missing a small bed in the fore ground) reused old planks as my raised bed a and wood chip paths around each bed. was considering key hole beds but space is not a problem. The beds are slightly south sloping, not sure how this is going to work but it's all a learning curve and if i have problems Ill fix it next time.
4 years ago
An update from June, planted a Norkent Apple tree and the cover crop is starting to grow on the swale mounds.
4 years ago
Thanks for your comments Glenn. This is a very good observation and something that I never considered. we don't get a huge amount of rainfall here so I'm not sure that the ground will get super saturated and i live at the top of a hill so the water should keep moving down through the property. However this is something I will be keeping an eye on, thanks so much!
4 years ago
Here is the second Swale and the first fruit tree - Juliet Cherry. There will be three more fruit trees going in this area. I planted there tree and didn't get time to make a fence and paid the consequences as a deer ate all the nice new growth. It now has a sturdy cage around it. Later this year or many next year I will be constructing a 8 foot fence around my "forest garden in the works". Doesn't look like much but its getting there.
4 years ago