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Permaculture! Food Garden 2.0

As a follow on from Niall’s post, here is a simple guide to building your own permaculture vegetable garden. It is supereasy and rewarding – here is an update on the food garden 2.0 just 11 days after Niall’s pic:

Food Garden 2.0
Food Garden 2.0

Anyhoo, now to the steps…

STEP 1: Brick Layout

Lay out an area for your bed using some bricks.

Brick Layout
Brick Layout

STEP 2: Paper Layer

Put down a layer of old cardboard and/or paper and moisten it.

Paper Layer
Paper Layer

STEP 3: Dead Matter Layer

Create a layer of dead matter. We used leaves collected from the garden.

Dead Matter Layer
Dead Matter Layer

STEP 4: Green Matter Layer

Put down a layer of green matter. We used leaves from unwanted trees in the garden.

Green Matter Layer
Green Matter Layer

STEP 5: Activator

Create a layer using an activator. We used kraal manure. Wet this layer.

Activator / Kraal Manure
Activator / Kraal Manure

STEP 6: Top Soil

Put down a layer of top soil and plant some seeds / seedlings.

Top Soil
Top Soil
Seeds and seedlings
Seeds and seedlings

17 replies on “Permaculture! Food Garden 2.0”

hi colleen – yes, the cardboard keeps the weeds and grass from growing through as well as keeping moisture in.

We are starting a vege garden and have many moles – do you know if they are likely to burrow up through the layers??

I wrote a report some years ago on the use of household greywater for yard agriculture purposes. If you like an email copy suggest you contact me.

Hi Dr. Alcock,

Perhaps you would like to share a copy on the website? If so, please email it as an attachment to post@sprig.co.za and we will make it available to anyone who would like it…

hi guys
tomorrow i make beds
and i have knee high weeds that need cutting can they be used as the live layer or will they grow through the rest????

Hey Niall, Awesome post! on next bed try make the layers thicker. also suggest using comfrey, cannas,chives to edge the bed on the outside. it will stop the outside grass from penetrating. Would love to see progress as it develops.

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