Lorne Street Garden

Self sufficiency and sustainability in Fawkner, Melbourne, Australia, and beyond!

Preparing

on August 18, 2012

Being a bit naive, we were quite unprepared for how much effort clearing a overgrown garden  actually was.

Principally filled with nettles,  mallow, and parsley.   Equipped only with a hand-me-down hoe, spade, and rake,  I got to work in mid-January.

After two days,  roughly half the vegetable garden (20sqm) was cleared of overgrowth,  but unfortunately,  we became aware that not all soils are the same.

Fawkner,  we discovered, is heavy in cracked clay,  a mixed blessing as it is fertile for growing,  but poor draining and harder to work with.

After speaking to a farmer friend,  we were advised that a trip to Bunnings for gypsum was the solution.

After spreading out approximately 50kgs of gypsum and many many bags of compost,  we were ready for planting.

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