. . . we planted quite a good vege garden in our courtyard.
Or rather I should say Muz planted a vege garden. When it comes to gardens I have no vision, no interest and no patience. I am also a notorious plant-killer. I can kill a maiden hair fern just by looking at it and even cacti have died on my watch.
I admit I was a bit sceptical about the pallet planting system when Muz first talked about it. We already have a shower door as a lettuce box and another wall of the shower as a tomato house. I was a little concerned that we'd start to look like a scrap yard. But fair play to him, it worked.
A couple of observations on this whole 'having a vege garden' thing:
- Around the time that all of your scrawny, sub-standard veges are ready to eat, far superior versions of them are available super cheaply down at the market.
- One of the big problems of courtyard vege gardens is that you really have to stay on top of the watering. I knowing that watering is a big part of any garden operation (I'm not that stupid) but in a sun-trap courtyard, things wilt in a matter of minutes and die in hours. It also means everything bolts on you, which is pretty much what happened to all the lettuces, broccoli and cauliflower.
Muz is an ideas man but struggles with the day to day maintenance. And I, as already mentioned, have no interest or inclination whatsoever, so in the end we got a half decent crop of cherry tomatoes, some snap peas (would do them again - they were a success), a few strawberries (but never more than one per person at any given time) . . . and a cabbage.
Has to be said, not a huge fan of cabbage. Don't even know why we grew it in the first place.
Next year we've decided to simplify things and grow only what we actually want to eat - herbs, cherry tomatoes and snowpeas.