Building a Better Garden, Part 4

Weed Blocker
Weed Blocker
Layering in the Gravel
Layering in the Gravel
Gravel Complete
Gravel Complete
Sand Over Gravel
Sand Over Gravel

After getting the weed blocking fabric down, I put in a 4-6 inch layer of gravel. On top of the gravel, I put in a 2-3″ layer of sand.
Next I constructed an irrigation system to go in the sand layer. The idea behind this watering method is that the garden will be slowly flooded from the bottom up, where the layer of dead tree trunks and compost matter will act as a sponge and slowly release water up to the roots of the garden plants.
Laying Out the PVC Pipes
Laying Out the PVC Pipes
Into the Sand
Into the Sand
Into the Sand
Into the Sand
Final Layer of Sand
Final Layer of Sand
Testing the Concept
Testing the Concept

The PVC pipes is basically a loop with holes drilled every 3 inches on the bottom side. The vertical pipe is fitted to attach directly to a garden hose.

Building a Better Garden, Part 3
Building a Better Garden, Part 5

Building a Better Garden

I started this garden in the fall to make sure the soil would be ready for planting in the Spring because I am doing a kind of Hugelkultur bed.

Laying Out the Garden
Laying Out the Garden
Laying Out the Garden
Laying Out the Garden
Laying Out the Garden
Laying Out the Garden

I used some of the concrete bricks that would ultimately become the wall of the garden to lay out space for it on the ground. It will have three rows of bricks for each wall. I plan to fill it like a Hugelkultur bed. It will be layered with gravel, sand, dead trees, compost matter, and garden soil.

Building a Better Garden, Part 2