Permaculture Bed

Caring for a vegetable garden often leads to back pain.

Season after season, the soil requires hours of preparation.

Self-fertilizing mounds require very little effort to install them and better yet, they will live in harmony with their environment.

What is it?

It is a mound of earth measuring one metre in width by three metres in length, and is almost one metre high. The basic idea is to reproduce a sustainable and rich ecosystem just like the one found in a forest. That is the principal of agroforestry. By combining different types of elements and matching the vegetables properly, the mound becomes self-fertilizing. You won’t have to take care of it anymore!

How does it work?

First, you need to dig several dozen centimeters in the ground to insert dead wood logs that are already decomposing in order to stock rainwater. Then, the mound is formed with a mixture of sandy earth, clay and compost. The last step is to cover it with a layer of Ramial Chipped Wood on top of the mound to make sure the ground won’t become compacted.

How do you test it?

All you need is a balcony or a small area to set up a garden. You can then observe how life is attracted to the mound: bacteria, mushrooms and worms. This abundance creates a resilient environment. To begin, you can plant tomatoes and lettuce along with a few herbs and flowers.

What does myfood suggest?

To create a mound, quite a lot of earth needs to be moved. Proper logistics are needed as well in order to manage and gather all the required materials. That is why myfood takes on the responsibility of deploying the mound by bringing a rich, garden-quality soil and adding organic charcoal (or biochar) to it. The biochar increases the softness of the ground to help reach a very high level of production.

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