Australian permaculturist Rosina Buckman has some terrific tank garden tips! She says think of your raised bed as a compost pile! That’s efficient! Place it wisely to get the most sun, least cold wind. This bottomless tank is a tidy look even for the front yard!
Rosina combines a mini Hugelkultur process and Lasagna layering, composting in place!
- Hugelkultur puts logs, branches, twigs at the bottom of the pile.
- Rosina puts a rough mulch on top of that.
- Then she Lasagnas a layer of green/wet grass clippings, or the like, to dampen the dry layers below.
- Newspaper or cardboard is next. Make sure it is completely super soggy.
- Lay compost on that. Throw in a few handfuls of red worms!
- A topping of Straw mulch allows aeration yet keeps the compost moist!
The beauty of branches and twigs at the bottom of your raised bed is the decomposition process, which takes a long time, heats the soil above, allowing earlier planting and extending your summer season into fall!
Neighbors contribute their high quality nutritious kitchen trim, which can be part of the ‘green’ layer or dug in anytime, anywhere!
Ms Buckman tells how to ‘wake up’ your soil with a ‘cocktail of Kelp or Seaweed extract which you can buy in concentrate form known as Maxicrop in the US or Seasol in Australia!’ You can do it yourself with a ‘small cup of each ingredient (liquid kelp/molasses) mixed with a bucket of water’ to speed up the growth of microorganisms. [Why not add a 1/2 cup to a cup of fish emulsion too?!]
Admin at this site says: One important point that needs to be made about this raised tank garden. There is NO metal Bottom to the Tank Garden. It has no base. The tank is just a hoop to hold all your organic matter in. Water is allowed to escape at the bottom and leach out into the surrounding soil. Do not use tanks with a metal base. If you have a tank with a metal base – consider turning it into a Wicking Bed Garden. Some people say wicking beds are the very best way to garden because you will never need to water your garden. Read about how to make one here.
I’m always encouraging you to make good soil because it is the living foundation of your garden! Healthy soil; an abundance of yummy veggies!