|a view of the milkwood veg patch|
the other thing i was really struck with was their ability to use local or recycled materials. it is pretty obvious from the pic that they have used local timber for both their bed walls as well as the wood chip path between the beds. it has also enabled a much more fluid line and less structure in the garden beds .... which makes them flexible long term and easy to modify and change if needed.
just seeing this has been a real boost to scott and i. we've been stuck in wondering how and where we were going to get the materials for the raised beds to get the back garden done. it's been a bit daunting to think of having to build this huge structure that seemed so permanent and inflexible. seeing their veggie patch .... and how low cost and easy it was to do, really encouraged us.
the other thing was learning that no land is ever flat .... there is always some contour to work with. which made us have to rethink the lay of the backyard and if we could take what we had thought was a pretty flat piece of land and find any contour on it to exploit the rainfall. in my belly i knew we could .... so we came home invigorated to figure out how to best utilise the natural resources we had.
the first thing was ditching the structured bed. yes, we knew that with a raised bed you had the opportunity for further reach and bigger beds .... but if we committed to beds no wider than 1m .... then we could easily make them without borders and build them up that way. reducing the need for buying or sourcing additional materials!