Our summer garden didn't have too much success, most of our plants bolted or were overcome with pests that no amount of control would halt, though we did manage to get a few tomatoes and an abundance of fresh herbs so all was not lost.
With putting in a winter bed I really had no idea where to start with laying the foundations but I knew that it needed to be nice and simple and manageable for me to tend until I gain a bit more experience so I decided on a few greens and some more herbs that can be added to if necessary.
I remembered a no-dig garden that a friend back home introduced me to a number of years ago so tried to replicate it here. I initially lay down some newspaper and a thick layer of straw before adding a layer of compost and manure. This was repeated twice and left for a week before finally transplanting some seedlings this weekend.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent pottering around outside and realised that even if this garden succumbs like that of our summer garden, that it's all a process of learning by trial and error. Time will tell whether I have gotten the process right or not.
Our dream is to eventually grow most of our own produce so hopefully with another few seasons under my belt the novice in me will have improved enough to see that dream start to become a reality.
Do you ever experiment in the garden? Have you gone the no-dig route?