Long term mini grow patch: a thread


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Hi all.

I have a space i am going to make into an allotment/grow patch

Currently only growing 2 tomato plants, but I'm going to prep the new area ready for next year.

I'm here for tips and advice

I will post pics as I go.

I plan on chopping out an area around 2m from the fence and the same width.

I will be getting soil from my grandparents allotment that is very rich through 40 years of care.

I will be prepping this ready for next year.

Thanks for any advice

This is where I will be making the plot.
Currently just a bag of soil, two tomato plants and a very small cucumber plant to the right.
More pics tomorrow.
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This is where I willcbe digging out

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Very good Pepper Jack, you may find that you need more space when you get into it.

I grow a lot of fruit, the back garden is full of plants and blueberries in pots.
 
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I don't mind betting you five bob that you'll find that's not quite big enough ;)
Yeah I thought the same, there is room to expand for sure.
I'll be going right back to the fence once these toms are done in that bag.. probably going to widen it a foot or so.

Maybe the year after I add some more depth
 
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Today, widened the patch by a foot or so.
Cleared alll roots/grass/debris/weeds
Turned and dug about a metre deep

Any suggestions for next step?

Worth removing the stones? How many is too many?

Any help appreciated



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Turned it all again today, about a 1m deep. Removed all big rocks and stones. So many roots!

What is the next step for this? In going to be adding a lot of good soil soon and looking to feed it ready for next year.

Any tips?
Thanks
 
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It's not so much a landscaping project now

 

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I knew it would get bigger (y) Keep it up, and remember if and when things go wrong to learn how to put them right. Be determined and remember all us oldies (like me) had to learn. Good luck!
 
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Since you are digging deep you might consider burying the sod at the bottom. I used this double dig method for creating lovely loam for some beds. Now I just layer cardboard, add mulch and wait. Done in the late summer to early fall it is decomposed and ready for spring planting with little effort on my part. I live in a temperate, moist climate so it works well for me. Smothering the weeds with enough cardboard is the key for my success.
 

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