I suppose like all gardeners I do a few strange things. One is that I cannot bear to throw away (or even recycle) cardboard. We were very blessed recently to be able to purchase some new items for our home. These all came wrapped in a huge amount of packaging. What couldnt be immediately torn up into the worm buckets and compost heap or used as mulch was laid in the veggie garden paths.
This keeps it out of the way for now. It soaks up the rain and watering runoff, so that when the compost has room again for more browns I simply rip up the floor! Worms (earthworms and red wrigglers) simply love cardboard, so even laying it down on a patch of dirt will do wonders to your garden. You can cover it with mulch if you dont like the look of it. I was burying a pile of prawn shells under one such pice of cardboard last night and the worms were big and fat and juicy. I wonder if they eat the prawn shells? - I know someone does, beecause within a week there is nothing but lovely rich soil in that patch.
The other thing I do is make my own seed tape, and it has worked quite well with silverbeet and beetroot - two seeds I have found hard to start in the past. Those seeds need to be pre-soaked, preferably in seaweed solution, and I found that easy to do once the seeds were encased in a strip of toilet paper. Now they are coming up, all nicely spaced too! Happy gardener here!
I love to see produce hanging down ready to be picked, but that often requires more room than I have in my tiny patch. The cucumber vine is doing so well though, that I added an extension from one trellis to another. A piece of scrap aluminum bar was put to use for that. I hope soon the paths will be lined with ready to pick cucumbers. A salad bar!