Erick Rifkin, who exhibits his products at the organic market has been experimenting with huglekultur at his farm Joya del Sol, and has come up with a new raised bed structure that’s worth sharing. Erick told me that he had difficulties with growing vegetables in regular garden beds. Invasive roots from nearby trees seemed to take most of the soil’s fertility instead of the plants. So he went about designing a 3 feet high, no-stoop raised garden bed with a shallow 3 inch thick cement floor to prevent the tree roots from invading the planting bed. When he began to fill in the raised bed, he started filling in the bottom part with logs, branches and leaves as mentioned above. Next came the top layer of soil enriched with worm compost and the worms too. He said the only problem he has had so far is dealing with the prolific growth rate of everything he planted. Included is a photo he sent of his well designed no-stoop raised bed. You can follow the plans on
During el verano, many gardeners have plenty of grass clippings and dried leaves which can be conveniently buried into garden beds or used as a top dressing around your plants to keep the soil moist during this hot season. Here’s a 4 step guide to enrich your soil from green gold…biomass.
- Dig a trench across the garden bed and loosen the soil at the bottom. Look for unwanted roots and grubs.
- Apply plenty of organic material to the trench, plus some aged compost to activate the beneficial microbes that do the job of decomposing.
- Work along repeating step 1 and 2 until you reach the end of the bed. Rake the bed and water it very well.
- Plant seeds or transplants from the greenhouse to your new garden bed. Use grass clippings and leaves to mulch around the plants. Sit back and watch them grow!
Thanks Erick Rifkin for your raised bed design.
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