Here is the side of the house when we moved in, with Sonny hanging out while I work. It's been calculated that nothing has been cared for on this property for the last 8 years, and I certainly believe it!
The soil is utterly void of organisms, which is okay, really. I am going to be building on top of the dirt to create raised garden beds. Eventually, the dirt will be fed with all the nutrients added on top, the soil creatures - worms, beetles, organisms - will begin to populate the area.
Luckily, we had a ton of boxes from moving, so this was where I began to place them after a good solid rain to keep the moisture in. I began to place them in possible garden areas, with walkways...
|Future garden beds.|
|Cardboard placed over the dirt.|
|Running the mesh across the main floor of the bed.|
After getting the mesh in place, I covered it with cardboard and soaked it all. Cardboard is a great way to keep moisture in, shade out the soil, and should you have plants that you'd rather not allow to grow, you can easy chop them down and let them break down under the cardboard. This helps feed the soil as well. The cardboard breaks down over time.
After outlining the bed with bricks and rocks, I fill it with a layer of dirt from the property, then compost. We have an area where former tenants had kept chickens, and the soil there was quite good, so I pulled a bucket of that out and poured that in the bed!
|Bed outlined and filled.|
|Adding shade and windbreak elements.|
|Finished bed. One side is taller due to wind.|
Other beds created with metal mesh, cardboard, rocks and compost!
|Mulched and seeded garden beds.|