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Are there any plans or dimensions for designing a mandala garden?
Would you do it with wattle or use a more solid material?
 
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I found this video.I can;t understand what she puts on top of the newspaper to lay out the garden  paths.Anyone can understand?

 
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Mostly it will depend on the space you have to put one in.
Mandala's are circular so you can use two sticks and a string to draw the circle.
Then you draw a second circle 2 feet inside that first one and a third one inside that second one.
This gives you the layout for the terraces that create the mandala.

photos of mandalas

That link should give you some ideas of how to construct one that suits your needs.

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Generally, my advice would be to think of your ideal garden bed, only in rings.  So you want to be able to comfortably sit or kneel in the paths to work on a bed on either side (and this will be dictated by the largest person who will be doing such work), and you want to be able to reach at least halfway across the beds without straining your back.  This last distance will vary based on the smallest person expected to weed or mulch or harvest, and or the person with the least flexibility/strength/mobility.  Generally the beds will be under four feet wide, and the paths around two feet wide, but... it depends on the people doing the work. 

Too big of a project and getting into the mandala will be a chore.  You probably want to keep it smaller rather than larger.  I'm thinking 5 rings or less unless you are ringing it with a shelterbelt hedge or fedge (food hedge) then that could maybe  be one more an that one might be a lot wider as you will be standing or using a ladder to work on it. 

I wouldn't use wattle (which seems to me to bring to mind woody branches---which might be alright buried deeply under the beds like hugulkultur).  What I would do is simply build up materials on top of the newspaper that you would like to grow food in, such as straw, hay, leaves, soil, compost, etc.  
 
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The material she mentions is "bagasse", sugar cane fiber left over after extracting the juice. Probably any dry fibrous material that is not herbicidal (as cedar mulch is) would work.
 
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Roberto pokachinni wrote:Generally, my advice would be to think of your ideal garden bed, only in rings.  So you want to be able to comfortably sit or kneel in the paths to work on a bed on either side (and this will be dictated by the largest person who will be doing such work), and you want to be able to reach at least halfway across the beds without straining your back.  This last distance will vary based on the smallest person expected to weed or mulch or harvest, and or the person with the least flexibility/strength/mobility.  Generally the beds will be under four feet wide, and the paths around two feet wide, but... it depends on the people doing the work. 

Too big of a project and getting into the mandala will be a chore.  You probably want to keep it smaller rather than larger.  I'm thinking 5 rings or less unless you are ringing it with a shelterbelt hedge or fedge (food hedge) then that could maybe  be one more an that one might be a lot wider as you will be standing or using a ladder to work on it. 

I wouldn't use wattle (which seems to me to bring to mind woody branches---which might be alright buried deeply under the beds like hugulkultur).  What I would do is simply build up materials on top of the newspaper that you would like to grow food in, such as straw, hay, leaves, soil, compost, etc.  



I am just thinking just an outer ring and a central one since i donĀ“t have much space to create that many rings. I also have some rectangular raised beds.
 
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Hi, Permaculture Home Garden by Linda Woodrow has a Mandala Garden layout and she has good suggestions and plans on sizing etc to suit different property sizes.
 
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gaia's garden 2nd edition by Tony Hemenway--Chapter 3 has general dimensions for for keyhole, mandala, and herb spiral gardens
 
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