|Emma sprinkling used coffee grounds on the citrus garden.|
Since getting the blueberries and rosemary in the ground, I've been focusing on my citrus bed. It's four-boards' high and I'm aiming to get it filled to three-boards' high with free materials, before topping it off with compost and planting my citrus trees. Around the trees I'll layer wood chips for mulch.
The last time I showed you the citrus bed, I had just added dried leaves from the girls' school and seaweed from a local beach. Under those layers I have grass clippings, leaves, saw dust, homemade compost, coffee grounds, branches from around our property, and right down the bottom a layer of cardboard topped with several layers of newspaper as a weed mat.
|Seaweed layer on the citrus bed.|
The problem is that this is such a long and deep raised bed, everything I add only fills it by a centimetre or two by the time it's spread all over. Then it all compresses back down with rain and gravity, so I don't feel like I'm making much progress.
Today I decided to speed things along by getting lots of filler material at one time. In between rain showers, I drove to a local cafe and picked up six bags of coffee grounds.
I also made three trips to my local park, which has free wood mulch to collect, and filled my car boot with that each time
|Wood mulch collected for the citrus garden.|
Now the citrus garden is filled to three-boards' high and I'll be able to top it off with compost for planting.
Since most citrus trees are fruiting right now, I'll wait until Spring to plant my trees. This will give the material in this garden a bit of time to start composting. Ideally I would love to source some well-rotted animal manure to put in here too, but we'll see if I manage that.
Spring isn't far off. What are you doing to get your garden ready for Spring planting? Let me know in the comments.