This bed had been a compost pile six months ago. It is now planted out with cauliflowers, cabbages, broccoli, and spinach seedlings. We limed the soil about a week before planting. At this stage, I haven't mulched the surface but I will do so - if only to stop weeds. Usually mulching is critical in our hot, dry, drought ridden climate but this years' La Nina, which has brought so much flooding to Australia, has not really required mulching of the exposed soil. But we have habits and it does limit weeding. So we'll do it.
The petunias are left over from a summer planting and ruby red stems of the volunteer silverbeet are very pretty.
Would you like to see more self-seeded silverbeet?
How funny. Its everywhere. This is a view of the summer's compost heap and in the path between the two beds a little forest of self-seeded silverbeets has blossomed. We'll be freezing that.