Am in the process of FINALLY reading my two books on permaculture “Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 & 2″ by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier.
As a result, I have been designing the next phase of the Humble Garden with an eye to increasing food growing space on land that doesnt have much top soil (its on ledge).
My initial design is seen above. Its something that will evolve over time!
I have started work on the first bed, next to the future frog pond. As money is tight, I need to be able to find ways to do this all for free with stuff we already have. Am recycling feed bags for the bottom of the new raised beds and am using the TONS of goat, chicken and llama manure and litter we have. I just need some wood chips and I think I will be set.
This is also very much the way permacultural principles would have you do this.
Llama and manure
Grass clippings (from neighbor)
Chicken and goat manure and litter (compost heap).
The following are a few photos of how the first raised bed was put down, sheet mulching or lasagna garden style.
More grass clippings and layer of llama manure pellets
I will be adding more organic material and possibly some lime or ash over time. Next spring this will all have composted down a bit and it should be ready for it’s first year of growing.
I hope to be able to get those other new beds built this summer/fall.