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With all this rain we are having here in Melbourne i have a couple of questions.

  1. will it wash away all my compost and fertilizer?
  2. what drainage options should i be looking at?

also, i just laid grass in the backyard, will this affect germination and did i just waste my time sowing?

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By steve
11/8/2011 8:28:40 PM

It all depends on your veggie patch.

If you have retaining walls then probably not.  The nutriants will likely go into the soil which is where you want them anyway.

If you have no walls then it all depends on the slope of your property.  If your property slopes then in all likelyhood it will be washed away.  But then so will the top soil etc.

You should look at building retaining walls and maybe having small drainage holes at the bottom if your top soil can't absorb the water or if you have a shallow bed.

Our veggie patch walls are about 50cms tall so all our water is soaked up by the soil which gives us an advantage over shallow beds I thinks.

As for your grass, yes again if you have a sloping property and depending on the amount of water coming down.

By Sukim
11/18/2011 5:24:39 PM

Hi Steve,I am really into the no-dig garden bed option.it is all about laying mulch and compost.rain shouldn't see your fertilizer wash off but rather break down and be used by plants. Most commercial fertilizers need water to be taken up by plants.

Roger,the rain is great for your grass,in sowing grass you should keep it moist for the first few weeks until the root system is established.

By Sukim
11/18/2011 5:24:40 PM

Hi Steve,I am really into the no-dig garden bed option.it is all about laying mulch and compost.rain shouldn't see your fertilizer wash off but rather break down and be used by plants. Most commercial fertilizers need water to be taken up by plants.

Roger,the rain is great for your grass,in sowing grass you should keep it moist for the first few weeks until the root system is established.

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