Beds on bricks and other folk tales – Raised beds, Part 1: Principles

Our first attempt at growing veg directly in the soil of our new home was not as successful as we would have liked. On the other hand, let me just say right up front, I wish we could make our entire smallholding raised beds. They work that much better. It has been quite a journey, but we have refined the ideas each season, each year, and so far, it just works better and better. Its not just about putting the soil in a box and then planting though. Just like planting in a pot and expecting something to grow happily, preparing a raised bed is about adding the right stuff – but not as difficult as one may think. As mentioned before, our objectives with our farming was to try use natural, organically grown as far as possible. Where organically grown is not possible, material should be something that will not cause damage to the environment. Salvageable, recyclable is also important.

The following principles are explored in this series on raised beds. As they are quite common principles, I will not exhaust the explanation, rather outline our interpretation and application:

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Getting Organised

What started as a mission to get myself and my family more organised has turned into a very fun project.

I have found so many things on different blogs on how to get yourself organised that I was spending more time reading about it than actually doing it.

So I decided to start by doing my very own organizer. The shop-bought ones seem so cold and un-personal. Yes you could brighten up the pages with some colored tape and pens, even stickers, but that would fix only the inside. I wanted something unique.

It turned out to be much simpler than I thought it would be, and it has been fun.

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Worm Farms (Vermicomposting)

One of our first Green Living projects was to start a worm farm.

Some of the advantages of a worm farm are:

  • It’s a disposal mechanism for most of your kitchen scraps
  • The earthworms turn the scraps into a rich compost
  • Moisture from the process drains through to provide “worm tea”. Worm tea is a liquid fertiliser that is extremely high in nutrients.

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