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

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17 Responses to Permaculture! Food Garden 2.0

  1. brendan October 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    is that monkey wearing a cap near the monkey pile?

  2. Joan November 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    children should not be allowed to comment on the blog.

  3. smilez November 1, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    good work mol-d! this shows just how easy it is to build a permaculture bed 🙂

  4. Gareth Pike September 28, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    we left out all the underthings! going to dig up the bed at once. bring cardboard, wife!

  5. mol-d October 7, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    @ gareth, try it out for the next one do a comparison.. could be interesting..

  6. Colleen Ross October 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    What abou the grass from underneath growing though to the seedlings?

  7. mol-d October 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    hi colleen, do you mean from the lawn? the layer of cardboard generally stops anything from growing up from underneath…

  8. Niall October 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

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

  9. Marilyn Payne November 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

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

  10. mol-d November 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    hi marilyn,

    i’m not 100% sure but i would say the bottom cardboard layer would be enough of a deterrent for moles to cause them to reroute.. let us know!

  11. Dr Alcock May 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    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.

  12. mol-d June 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Hi Dr. Alcock,

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

  13. audrey rose October 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    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????

  14. jeannine October 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    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.

  15. jeannine October 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Audrey Rose
    chop the weeds down and use them as part of the mulch process.
    see comment i made to Niall.
    share this link and enter

  16. jeannine October 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Hi Colleen see my blog post about moles, if they do come up flatten them, but the mulch should deter them.

  17. jeannine October 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Colleen i meant flatten the mole hills not the moles : )

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