Need criticism: new garden ideas.
Recent;y moved to a new town (Mildura) and am in the process of trying to fix the backyard. Currently just dry earth with some weeds, so we'll see how we go.
Basically, before I can start growing vegetables, the soil needs some much needed TLC. Quite dry, quite nutrient poor, quite compacted. I don't have a lot laying around to use (grass clippings), so I thought about using some green manure to get things started.
I was thinking of doing this:
mowing the few weeds down, covering with a few layers of wet newspaper.
Over that put a layer of manure (cows/chicken mix probably), then mushroom compost.
Sow in a mixture of green manure (I was thinking millet and soya bean because of the heat here).
A layer of lucrene over that, nothing too thick, but otherwise things will just dry out here!
My purpose here is to start some stuff decomposing, while providing the green manure some nutrients to get started, and after a few months add the green manure and some other soil building stuff (cow's manure) and sow in some broadbeans, few different herbs and plants, and flowers.
I'm not in a rush, but it's important that I get started sooner rather than later.
Water is of key concern to me here. I don't want to waste it (a lot of people do here), hence the mulch on top of a seeded area! I have the option of using grey water from my washing machine later, once things are established, but for the moment trying to keep things relatively simple.
So, what am I thinking about that's wrong? What have I overlooked? What might be a better way of achieving injecting some life back into the soil, and getting some garden going?
I don't want to compost food scraps because of mice!
There are a lot of ants in the back yard.
I haven't tried planting anything yet (it might grow really well!?)
Let me have it!
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