Project: Casa Cosmica
Posted by Juan Manuel Burgos over 12 years ago
One of the firsts steps in the planned design for this awesome space.
The clean-up of the surroundings, and specially the roof of a structure that was asking aloud for it (almost colapsing due to the amount of cassuarina material accumulated during a period of 20 years), made available quite a lot of wood, some rotten and some in the way, that i felt was the perfect material for this HugelKultur beds.
Designed following the principle that invites us to expand the borders and make use of that effect, this beds are located near the door that connects the house and the yard.
The first layer of soil was removed and placed alltogether on the side so as to bury the wood under the level of the terrain, improoving it's capacity to retain water. Luckyly there are no major troubles when it comes to this resource, rain is frequent and abundant, at least during spring-summer periods.
One of the beds is realized entirely following the principles of HugelKultur beds, the other it's an experiment that resembles more a sheet mulching technique since there wasn't enough wood for both beds. Let's see how both behave and for sure a lot of knowledge will come along with this.
After diggin' and burying the wood under the topsoil that was removed first, a nice layer of straw was used as mulch. This straw comes from a stable bed that a neighbour collects and is very happy to share, so a bonus of horse manure comes with it, for sure future seedlings will thank it a lot!!
Once all the work was done and watered well, it's just a matter of time to plant the first seedlings. The only trouble with this nice beds is how to keep the dogs out of them! hahah
So far, the species selected for this spots are "Burrito" a local herb used for teas (Wendita Calysina), Mint, Thyme, Oregano and Arthemisa absinthium. Nearby there's already a Rosemary plant and a small Lavender. I feel that this beds will be appropiate for some leaf vegetables and test how some fruit vegetables work out (the spot does receive full sun about 4hs each day during summer because a large amount of shade cast by some surrounding trees)
Opinions, tips, recommendations and any construcitve feedback is more than welcome to keep growing in this amazing path we're all happily walking
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