Ryan Hobbs wrote:I did a garden bed like this before I knew about permaculture. I had a bag of potting soil and it wasn't nearly enough to plant in. So I made a pile of debris (leaves, pine needles, sticks, old pine cones, etc), threw some bbq ash in and dumped my potting mix on top. I planted tomatoes and basil in it. Not long after planting we had some minor flooding and the garden floated. I drove some sticks through it and into the ground to keep it from drifting away. It came back down on the same spot and I got tomatoes off of it that season. I was thinking of chinampas when I did it. We were next to a swamp and I knew about the periodic flooding.
Michelle Bisson wrote:I grow a lot of annual edible plants in containers and since I am using soil that I purchased in order to increase the nutrient content and soil life, I usually place plant matter at the bottom of my pails then fill it up with soil.
I started doing this because I would have more pots for planting in. If I did not do this, I would only have 12 pots to plant in, but doing this, with the same amount of soil & non composted or mostly composted organic matter at the bottom of each pot, I could now do about 17 pots.