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As bare land becomes more scarce steep gardens are becoming more common. Here are some ideas on how to successfully develop these sites.
To make use of as much of the site as possible terrace using small retaining walls or rocks (remember that any wall over 1 metre requires engineering advice). Use local rocks if possible as this will give a more natural effect.
To ensure plants do not dry out, plant them in hollows dug into the slope. These hollows will collect rainfall. A deep mulch around each plant will keep it moist and help prevent soil erosion.
It is often better to lay lawn turf, as lawn seed can be washed away. If necessary secure turf in position with pegs until established.
Chicken wire pegged across site can help to hold soil and mulch in place. Plants can be planted through it.
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Vege Wool Mats
I am very proud to introduce an exciting new eco product which Green Urban Living has been involved, with Woolgro, in developing. This product consists of sheep dag wool compressed into a mat with vegetable seeds embedded within it.
These seeds are protected from birds, the weather and are kept warm, ensuring early and even germination. As the seedling grows it is nourished by the sheep manure and nitrogen rich wool as it breaks down in the garden. The wool mat also acts as a natural weed surpressing mat and soil conditioner.
Simply roll out the mat onto your garden, or planter, and watch your veges grow! A great eco product utilising a waste product ie. sheep poohs!
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How to plant your Vege Wool Mat in the garden or planter.
1. Dig over planting area and loosen soil to a spade depth. Remove any weeds, stones or other debris.
4. Lay vege mat over area. If required you can cut Veggie mat to fit with sharp scissors.
5. Cover vege wool mat with potting mix, river sand or heat treated compost to a depth of 1cm. This layer should just cover the wool mat.
7. Thin seedlings as required and use in salads and stir fries. Harvest mature plants as required and enjoy your homegrown bounty!