This is Ecobed 2 growing light feeders this year. Its just turned winter and its cool outside. I've just cleared the mulch off this patch of soil and I'm planting leeks. Its another feature of Ecobed design, that you can use the tops of the bed wall to run temporary guide lines just using small nails and a piece of string. I like to transplant my leeks early while they are quite small (these are 200mm) and plant them into holes 100mm deep made by my makeshift dibber.
GROWING CAPSICUM.....Bull's Horn Capsicum grow best in full sun in warm to hot weather. They need well structured rich organic soil and a continuous water supply for best results. My 60ltr Ecobins provide both with their built-in water tanks and worm farms. http://joharthash.blogspot.com.au/p/growing-capsicum.html
GROWING CLIMBING BEANS..... Climbing beans need full sun, and grow best in warm to hot conditions. They are frost tender and they need well structured rich organic soil which must be kept moist at all times. I grow 2 double rows of climbing beans each summer in my legume Ecobed. http://joharthash.blogspot.com.au/p/growing-climbing-beans_23.html
GROWING VETCH.....Vetch is used as a green manure, and grown to prepare and condition soil for the next crop. It is a legume which forms a partnership with nitogen fixing bacteria who convert atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates to feed the vetch. Legumes like vetch store some of these nitrates in their roots for future use, and by leaving these roots in the ground after harvest, you will be helping to feed your following crop…
Permaculture Keyline Water Systems *** Permaculture seed wizard Don Tipping takes us on a 10 minute animated tour of the epic Seven Seeds Farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. The farm was designed using Permaculture Principles and Keyline patterning. We follow the water system from top to bottom, and then the amazing downstream effects are revealed.
GROWING CUCUMBERS.....I used to grow too many cucumber plants. We could not keep up with them. When they got to full size and start to turn yellow, they lost some of their crispness and taste, and I had to chop them up and feed them to my earthworms. I now grow just 2 cucumber plants which is plenty for 2 people. http://joharthash.blogspot.com.au/p/cucumbers-recommended-soil-ph-5.html
Though they aren't protected in netting, there isn't a single sign of cabbage white (butterfly/caterpillar) damage. This is due to growing a "sacrificial crop" of Orach, and a deterrent plant, Calendula. These plants surround the leafy brassicas and protect them from slug damage. This is organic gardening at its best!