Crops: 16 chive, 12 celery, 12 parsely, 18 shadon beni, 24 kale, 4 Delhi tomatoes, 2 sweet peppers, 7 patchoi
Date of seedling planting: April 28, 2022
Trough preparation: hot water poured into existing soil to get rid of any pests. Topped up trough with fresh soil.
Soil composition: horse manure, peat moss, sharp sand and top soil
Fertilizers used: Black Gold vegetable fertilizer, NOVA for root development and nutrient uptake etc, a blend of fresh vegetable peelings which I poured around the base of my crops.
Watering: early morning and at night with a watering can
Pests as at May 2: zero
I was able to reuse most of the material from last year's competition, including pots, shelves, signs and of course the two troughs.
I love the idea of a vertical garden because it makes watering, uprooting weeds, managing pests and even harvesting a lot easier.
This vision of a vertical garden came about ahead of the 2020 GIY challenge. My family and I have little yard space but I love planting so my partner brought my vision to life; constructing the troughs, installing shelves etc.
He repainted the shelves and pots for a more modern look this year and I redid the signs and crop markers I used in the competition last year.
This year I'm vying for the following special prizes: