Warning - the following will be very documentary in nature so you're encouraged to read in your best monotone voice.
After completing the scorched earth approach to Kikuyu removal (described here) approximately 15 litres of Bokashi vegetable scraps (all that was available at the time) was added to a portion of the bed. The soil had little depth, contained large, solid lumps of clay and was extremely difficult to cultivate - not a fun few hours really.
|Dried soil: After solarisation, but before improvement.|
A green manure crop of rye and lucerne was planted in the bed to initiate some root growth to break up the soil a little and eventually provide some organic matter. This crop was left to grow for approximately six to eight weeks (I so need to take better notes) while additional organic matter was accumulated.
|Green manure crop - midpoint.|
Into each of the upper and lower quarters of the bed (upper and lower sections in the above photo) was placed approximately thirty leaves of Comfrey and a quarter bag of cow manure. The middle sections of the bed received approximately 20 litres (one full bucket) each of Bokashi kitchen scraps and the remaining half bag of cow manure. The green manure crop was incorporated into the soil during this phase.
Little earthworm activity was noted (come back, please come back).
Another green manure crop was sown, although this time solely of lucerne, and both a generic, insect-attracting flower mix and a random sprinkling of some spinach seed I just happened to be carrying was added just as a bit of a flutter. I remembered to water and didn't bother with mulch at this stage as I wanted to encourage a slightly higher soil temperature.
Here's hoping this'll bring about some positive change in the soil quality.