Tuesday, February 14, 2012
How to Build a Garden Without Money
This garden was built without money
These African folks in Malawi gathered up old unused clay bricks to build the sides of this Food Factory Kitchen Garden. They dug up nearby topsoil, hauled in aged livestock manure, added some wood ash and mixed these organic materials together to made their own garden soils.
They also constructed a compost pile made nearby with dry grass, green plants, old livestock manure, top soil, water, all thinly layered in a pile 3 meter tall (3 feet) to later feed (top dress) the soils in this small kitchen garden.
The key to this free food system is making wise use of unused local resources. Note they even shaded new transplants with a broken plastic tube and added dry grass for mulch. Also you can set down on the sides of this handy raised bed garden, saves sore backs. When possible, plant open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds to insure that you can save pure plant genetic traits for your next crop.