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Nige Vege Garden


How to build a vege garden.

How to build a vege garden.

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  • 1. Nige’s Vege Garden: Ingredients  Macrocarpa sleepers  Heavy hammer  Drill with 12mm. bit  Planer  Tape Measure  Spade,rake,level  Wide mouth shovel  Steel rod( 200 mm x 8)  Chainsaw and PPE  Compost and sand  Vegetables,blood&bone  Site with sun but protected from wind  Wheelbarrow  Hose and watering can
  • 2.  Measure sleepers and cut to equal sizes.We used a chainsaw and cut all sleepers to the same length as the shortest sleeper because we wanted a square vege garden
  • 3.  Level the site and dig a footing slightly larger than the width of the macro sleeper
  • 4.  Lay the first level of sleepers
  • 5.  Level the first layer of sleepers.We used sand to fill in any holes and adjust levels.This involves a lot of mucking around but it is imperative to have a level base
  • 6.  Use the 3-4-5 rule to insure your square is square or Mr.Pythagoreous’ Theorum.Let’s just say Nige is a numbers man and had no difficulty working out that if one side is 3 units ,the other side 4 units, and the diagonal is 5 units,the corner between the 3 and 4 unit sides is square…eyes glazing over now?Ok so measure one side & divide by 4 to give you the size of one unit and mark this point.Measure the other side 3 units from the corner and mark this point.Measure from point to point,it should be 5 units
  • 7.  Lay the second layer of sleepers and make any final adjustments so all are level.Note that we have staggered the joins for maximum strength
  • 8.  Arris the edges of the sleepers with an electric planer.This gives a nice finish and removes the sharp edge in case you bang your nose on it
  • 9.  Use an electric drill with a 12 mm. drill bit to put a hole through both sleepers and repeat for every join.The depth here will be 200 mm.
  • 10.  Have some lovely assistants pop down the hill to the hardware store and get some reinforcing steel cut to 200 mm lengths.Bang these into the holes you have drilled…
  • 11.  And again….
  • 12.  And again…
  • 13.  Dig over the adjoining gardens and add plenty of blood and bone or just follow the directions on the bag
  • 14.  Hairy helpers will eat the blood and bone so dig it in well!
  • 15.  Get a big truck to deliver a rich mixture of composted pine bark and animal manures (about 20 bucks a scoop).Do not buy top soil as it is too variable nutrient wise and may contain heaps of weed seeds
  • 16.  Animal manures are fantastic organic matter for gardens but they must be well composted to get rid of weed seeds and vermicides.We had the dude dump the load on the grass to save a mess on the driveway(just rake the skiff of leftovers into the lawn for easy clean up)
  • 17.  Nige moved the whole load (approximately 1.3 cubic meters) into the new vege plot and surrounding gardens.He went nigh nigh early that night
  • 18.  VOILA !
  • 19.  Now send this cute little kid down the hill to purchase all your vege seedlings
  • 20.  Good job kid!
  • 21.  DONE !
  • 22.  Perfectly square!When we measured corner to corner they were exactly equal and we hi fived on a job well done.Regular watering with a fertilizer like Thrive will insure a bountiful vege garden  Good luck Nige!