Actually purple this bed, in the dinghy, is full of cow poo though not completely fresh. I put in a wheelbarrow full before i planted the seedlings. All the plants went really well. It was interesting to compare how well compared to the the beds i've planted in other parts the garden. I've had very limited success with those others as reported above. Perhaps the best things that i put in the ground were the packet of asian greens - about 5 species and i don't know their names. They all did well straight into the ground but with a few added things. Meanwhile all the rest have have ended up pretty dismal even when they started out well. Last disaster was the ducks eating the corn. I can see i am going to have to keep the ducks well separated from the vege patch and maybe even from most of the garden. I' might have to park them near the pond i will dig and leave them there to become a poo factory. (mostly kidding). They delight me but also cause a bit of heartache. Maybe they will prove themselves more valuable come the wet season and slug invasion. Because of all this failure, i am not planting much in the way of veges now. I have to watch things. And just work on my compost heaps, my garden plan and growing cuttings. This is going to be a slow thing to get off the ground i can tell. The next big labour investment i am thinking about will be planting legumes and manure crops but i have to wait for the rains to come. Even with those i don't know if the soil is going to be good enough to support them. At $50 a bag of seed, I am afraid to see a big failure there. I"ve got to figure out the best way to maximise success from those bean seeds. I want to try peanuts, pigeon peas or cow peas, i can do lab lab and soy beans. One of those is a dry season crop i think but for that i will wait till next year. I've got all these man-type jobs which are bothering me at the moment. Both the mowers need wheel work and one has a starting battery problem. I need my father's cooperation for all of this. He knows how to do it and isn't a very good teacher. The water pipes are busting and leaking all over the place. I know these should be simple to fix but i find myself in knots over them. And i need him to help me finish the chicken shed. He's been busy housebuilding and so i haven't been able to use him much but i really need to get him on side for all the jobs i want done now.