My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer, and since I am working full time plus freelancing, I don’t have as much time to maintain her vegetable garden as I used to. She wanted something easy this year – so none of my permaculture techniques are in play here.
Even though it’s not really my style, I still like knowing I can do it. This took me about 4-5 hours to put together, so if you are looking to do something similar, give yourself an afternoon.
First, I laid some paving slabs in order to make space for container gardens. Paving slabs are an awesome thing to have around because flat surfaces can otherwise be a little hard to come by. I salvaged a few stacks of them two years ago and use them whenever I need to make a makeshift patio.
Then, I laid landscaping fabric for the rest of the bed, and got her outdoor sink set up. I put the greywater drain under the landscaping fabric to irrigate the bed directly.
I sowed 24 squash and pumpkin plants, which will all be grown on the landscaping fabric this year. It spares my mother-in-law (and me) the effort of weeding, and creates a warm microclimate that should hasten harvest times. This method is similar to commercial plasticulture.