The Chef has decided to create a vegetable plot where his lawn used to be, and we are going to follow his progress.
Although famous for his prowess in the kitchen, the Chef knows a thing or two about growing veg.
His garden did comprise a neat lawn which he has been carefully mowing over the years. When he realised that he wanted to grow his own veg, the lawn had to go.
The plot is about 7 meters square, and the soil is a sandy loam.
This is how he did it:
- In the middle of February, the chef found a garden rotovator, and shallowly rotovated up the lawn. Just like that.
The rotovator broke up the turf. He only worked it shallowly because he did not want to loose the crumb structure of the soil around the grass roots. The roots of the vegetables will grow well in soil with a good crumb structure.
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- the chef then used a fork to dig his plot. He turned over the turf, so that it was upside down. The grass was buried under the soil, where it will die and gradually rot down.
- The Chef then left the plot alone for two weeks, so that the wind and sun could dry it out.
The Chef has kindly agreed to send us regular updates, so that we can follow his progress and watch him create a vegetable plot from a lawn.