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Preparing a Spring Garden Bed

In the winter time when it is often too wet or too cold on Vancouver Island to do full days in landscaping, there is time to design new gardens or re-design existing gardens.  Quite often I have several garden projects on the go simultaneously.   This garden design is a new garden and is in my yard.  This is the beginning of my garden of eden.  I have based my design on what I have learned over the years I have landscaped and it has also been strongly influenced by dozens of videos online about organic gardening.  http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/paul-gautschi.html  I have found the videos full of useful information and knowledge.  Much of what is discussed reinforces what I have already learned and adds to my knowledge and information.  I am excited about my new gardens and will keep you posted as the seasons turn.  My greatest challenge is time, as many of my garden plans are new…I have a blank slate to work with throughout most of my outdoor space and look forward to learning and creating as I go.  My commitment is to grow as much of my own food as possible, and create a balanced ecosystem using organic matter and sustainable garden practices.  Here are the beginning photos of my new garden design and the steps I have taken to create it.

1.Photos of my garden before and during the process

2. Using a natural covering for the ground to prepare the garden beds.

3. Layering newspaper first on the area that is to be the garden.

4. Sifting organic matter from my compost bins to lay over the newspaper for the natural covering.

5.  Returning any large compost back to the compost bins to continue to break down.

6. I also have a large pile of organic matter saved from the yard clean up in the fall, including, sticks, twigs, pine needles and leaves.  I have layered it on top of the newspaper and then added an organic layer from my compost bins on top of it.


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Garden Cover used from sifting my compost bins.

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The covering has been down one week.  Now it is a matter of waiting until the weeds and grass underneath have broken down enough to plant and then cover with wood chips.

Happy Gardening…see you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂