During the fall, the J-House Garden team planned a layout overhaul. In an attempt to maximize sunlight and available space, we re-organized the garden blueprint to orient the beds east-west, with structured wooden bed frames to contain the soil and promote good drainage.
To do this, we thought it most practical to pull up whole pieces of sod from the parts of the garden that would house new garden beds, and use it to cover the new paths.
We learned this technique digging rain gardens, and it’s hard work but it’s effective. The grass comes up in thick mats.
All told, we easily tripled our cultivated area, and our raised beds will facilitate intensive, highly productive organic growing.