Raised Vegetable Beds – Front Garden

I can now finally reveal our latest project here at Little Farm.  New gardens.

Recent events have shown me how fragile our food supplies could be and with the cost of everything skyrocketing to crazy prices.  Food security has become something I am thinking more and more about. 

We are extremely lucky to be on a large block of land within city limits. Our block is divided into two by our house, with the front yard being considerably smaller than the back.  It is this front area that has a lot of ‘dead space.’   During the last 8 years many projects have been attempted in this area – some successfull, most of it not….

       

 Lets hope I have finally come up with a design that is not only functional but also appealing to the eye…..

In these beds I am planning on growing silverbeet, spinach, lettuce and all those other plants that I have trouble growing in the backyard.  Trouble = Chickens.

One of the new gardens, with struggling silverbeet. They were being eaten by tiny , but now dead, grubs!

We purchased these beds, unlike the others that were built from scratch.  These new beds are Birdies, which can be purchased from Bunnings for $99 for the 90 x 90 cm or online at ‘Birdies’  They really are super simple to put together, each one took roughly 20 minutes to build.

Each bed is lined with 200um plastic.  This has been used in all of the raised beds and it has worked so well.  In earlier years we have had trouble with kikuya and tree roots invading and killing the gardens – no more with the plastic.  Please if you do this remember to pop a few hole in the bed about 10 to 15cm high or when it rains the beds will burst….  yep it happened here

  

To hold the plastic and the brilliant rubber edging, holes were drilled all around the beds and zip ties used to hold it all in place.  In the back gardens the plastic is slipping away into the soil as there is no edging to hold it up.

:: Currently we are throwing around the idea of replacing the plastic in the back gardens as the kikuya has finally made its way through and some of the plastic is starting to breakdown.  If we do this the area will be dug out (with a dingo digger) retained, gravelled and paved.  It will be a big job….  I will keep you posted ::

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2 thoughts on “Raised Vegetable Beds – Front Garden

  1. Hi, the raised beds look great and thanks for the tips! Did you think about using wicking beds? You have most of the requirements and they would be more water efficient (when the rain stops!). There’s a good explanation on this website http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=3526. We thought about raised beds when building our garden, but they seemed too expensive, so we went for a chicken wire fence instead to keep the chooks out.

    Also what did you kill the bugs? I’ve had heaps of trouble with slugs while it was wet and now caterpillars! I’ve been using pyrethrum, but my poor plants, especially silver beet, are still getting eaten!

  2. Hi Liz
    Thanks for you lovely comments, the gardens are looking great. There is still a few cosmetic things to do, but they can wait for now….
    We have considered turning the big back beds into wicking beds, they are drying out too quickly in this heat. ‘Scarecrow’ from scarecrows garden uses wicking beds too. She was the one who originally inspired me to
    build these ones, but thanks for the link – any info is most welcomed.
    I’m in the process of adding drip irrigation to the beds, 2 boys and a (almost) 1 year old baby is just to time consuming at the moment…. the gardens show the lack of attention.
    The raised beds do not hold back our chooks from the garden, that is why a fence is going up. They eat better than us from the garden!

    For the catapillars I just use the ‘squashing between two fingers’ technique for the small ones or my shoe for the big ones. Look for eggs on the backs of leaves too. I am not big on spraying as we have a little wasp that lays eggs in the catapillers, so by spraying I would be hurting is too.
    Hope this helps you and thanks for stopping by!
    Em

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