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Purple Pear Farm
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131 Anambah Road, Maitland, NSW, AU
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No Dig Beds

Project: Purple Pear Farm

Posted by Mark Brown almost 13 years ago

The areas at the side of the mandala gardens is bought into production early using the no dig method by Ester Deans.

No Dig Beds

We have been busy at Purple pear preparing for the summer crops. I have decided to start some "no dig" beds a the sides of the mandalas to utilize the space but as the ground has not had the benifits if the fertility provided by the dome rotation I thought the no dig would add organic matter to the area and boost fertility for the future while producing a crop now.

As you see, we have planted zuchinni and the three sisters on the right of the garden and on the left we are preped for pumpkin, capsicum and eggplant which are all growing on in the plant propagation area, ready for planting.
Excessive rain has come at a great time to soak the hay used to create the beds and the sawdust paths make a better surface to walk on.


The area is marked out with string lines and lightly hoed to disturb the weeds.

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Biscuits of hay are laid over the weeds. They are packed tightly to exclude light.

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Irrigation lines are run and drip holes marked with a stake before mulch is applied. Outside bed has surface irrigation for micro sprays to cover the whole bed.

The left beds will have capsicum, egg plant and pumpkin.

The right bed has zuchinni on the right and on the left is the three sisters - Jolly Rodger sweet corn, Purple King beans and yellow squash.

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Warren Clendenning
Warren Clendenning : Fantastic work Mark as usual up to your high standard
Posted over 12 years ago

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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : Thanks Warren - you should see it now. It is a jungle and zuchinni is producing beyond expectations while corn, beans and squash are starting to produce.
Posted over 12 years ago

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