The infrastructure is all there – 8 or 12 raised garden beds set in a Pademelon-proof enclosure. However the previous owner’s interpretation of the no-dig garden bed method seems to be overly literal: the whole lot looks like it’s probably suffered neglect and abandonment for most of the 4 years that they lived there!
We couldn’t get past the gate, let alone find a path between the beds, until after a brisk attack with a whipper snipper to clear a couple of tracks into the plot. I did manage to hand weed one of the beds, which must have been in use a little more recently, as I unearthed a number of strawberry plants (far left of the pic below), all still looking reasonably healthy.
The other beds are going to take some serious work to restore, as the grass and weeds are so deeply entrenched that I could neither pull them out or cut down to the full depth of their roots. I had time between the lengthy showers of rain to take the growth of one bed back down to about 10cms with shears, and I think I’ll be following my nephew’s advice and smothering them with carpet/blanket/heavy newspapers, with the hope that they’ll break down over a couple of months or so.