Raised Gardens on Contour
Raised Garden Beds
These raised garden beds will be constructed from hardwood sleepers with galvanised steel corner bracing. A hardwood top will be mounted providing a safe and studding working edge when gardening. Countersunk screws will maintain a professional look, holding the structure in place. Hardwood is the ideal material for use in raised beds to ensure that no harmful chemicals are leached into the soil, therefore safe for growing food. Hardwood is also naturally termite resistance and long lasting. Using a locally sourced timber through responsible harvesting.
Rotational Planting Design
Rotational crop planting helps keep food growing in the beds throughout the year and prevents disease. A design plan will detail the information about maintaining the health of the plants and soil, as well as crop rotation and companion planting. A plan specifically designed for these 12 raised gardens and a month to month design describing what to plant in season. A diverse variety of herbs and vegetables with unique shapes and colours can be grown by utilising heirloom organic seeds. This quote includes seeds for direct sowing. Using a nursery to grow seeds from seedlings will extend the growing seasons, germination rates and improves succession planting.
Raised Gardens on contour = water harvesting
Having raised gardens on contour, in combination with pathways that are water harvesting ditches on contour, will provide multiple functions. By trapping water as it is passing down the slope into the ditch below, it passively irrigates the gardens on the lower slopes as it is absorbed into the ground. Excess water is then channeled out of the ditch through level spillways. Raising the gardens still allows good drainage during the wet season. Spacing between garden beds can be planted with Pinto Peanut a nitrogen fixing legume ground cover, preventing the need to mow. This holds the soil together preventing erosion and any excess growth can be propagated for the orchard.
The base material for the garden will come from the process of creating the pathways. By doing this, pathways capture
water on contour (to passively irrigate) and reduces the amount of soil needed to be imported, saving on material costs. The Following layers of garden "ll will alternate with a carbon based (e.g. hay) and nitrogen rich materials (e.g. manures); stimulating a natural composting process within the garden. Aged compost is used to finish of the beds along with biological fertiliser treatments, mineral dusts and worm castings. Compost can eventually be made onsite in under 6
weeks. From then on, a regular composting program (with your available waste sources) will keep the soil revitalised,
therefore nutrient dense crops whilst minimising the need to bring garden materials from onsite.