I have been working since mid-September to get some things going on in my veggie plot in the lead-up to Winter..
LOL! I keep repeating - the angle you take the pics from can give a great impression. Looks like I have a market garden instead of a tiny little plot! I try to use as much of my space as possible. That's why every inch is put to use.
I already have a head-start with my leaf veggies, which consist mainly of Swiss chard, green and purple and fennel. There's also lettuce (iceberg), which you can't see yet in that bed. I've stuck down some horseradish that I had growing in a pot. My tomatoes did not yield a lot due to the cool temperatures and low rates of sun that we had this summer. I will be pulling them up and using the bed for something else.
In the foreground is my beetroot bed, which will continue to grow right through winter.
Mostly what I'd like you to see is my "raised bed in the making".
I used these old slats, that I found, that slot together and built them up into the highest raised bed I have to date.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2012 11:36:05 GMT -1 by Whisker
On the subject of my raised bed in-the-making - I have lined it with plastic rubble bags, so that it will retain moisture and not allow it to seep out through the spaces between the slats.
My job now is to fill up my new raised bed with the best growing medium, i.e. soil, that I can find. It doesn't matter if there are a few weeds in the bottom, because they will rot down, providing food for the all important earthworms, which will aerate the soil right through winter.
I am collecting up any kind of rotted plant compost material, that I can find. That consists of emptying out used plant pots, collecting old wood mulch, which is rotted down, from paths, using the remains of my compost heap, to build the bed up to the top. I also have some cow manure left over in a bag. That will also go in. It all will sink down to about half its height over time, so I am building it up as high as I can.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2012 13:05:27 GMT -1 by Whisker
You are a clever girl. My daughter is like you and can improvise something from not much. I'm not so creative but I do have a very useful husband, so I just get him to think it was his idea in the first place.