I wandered out over the weekend, put on my big hat and gloves and started to pull out a few weeds, just in the herb spiral, mind you! I tied back the franzipani that was leaning over it, and the mandevilla that grows-like-crazy, but never stops flowering so it can stay. A nice thick layer of compost was spread over the area, and then a layer of mulch. Now that can sit and brew, and the worms can do their job, and when I come back I should have some good soil to plant my herbs into. The mint and tropical coriander, garlic chives, mother of herbs and basil are perrenial, and I just re-plant dill and parsley every year.
I pulled out the asparagus plant next to the pawpaw, leaving me four asparagus plants. Pawpaw can be aleopathic - which means it sends out a signal for other plants not to grow near them, and that asparagus was not doing well. So now that I have an empty section in the middle, I popped in a few green bean seeds. I thought if nothing else they might feed the soil. Green beans don't do very well in my garden, so I always plant them not expecting too much, but they make nitrogen available to the garden. I will plant the carrots and onions that I received from MrFothergills there later- not truly perrenial, but you tend to put them in and forget about them for a long long time so it is almost the same....
Our gazebo frame eventually rusted, and so it has been taken apart and delegated to the veggie patch to use as stakes. For now they are just piled along the back fence until I decide how to use them. I like to grow vertically and use both fences, but think I might put a permanent trellis up the middle of the annual veggie bed. I worry that I might be taking sun away from the other plants with too much vertical growing, but I have seen gardens employing vertical trellises, and everything seems very lush and prolific. This bed is my main annual bed, and at the moment has rosellas in the front and sweet potatoes in the back. I am hoping the rosellas will be ready to harvest in April/May. By then the weather will have cooled down enough to plant lettuces, brocoli and kale.
I am going to try solanacea - eggplant and tomato - in broccoli boxes combining a wicking bed and worm farm system, but I will do a separate post on them. Here is a very basic diagram of my veggie garden.
A walk on the beach resulted in two large garbage bags of seaweed which went onto the asparagus and into the two compost bins. Now I feel I can go away and the worms will be working hard in my garden building the soil up and getting it ready. I love the changing of the seasons, and getting excited about what is to come next.