First steps: the soil

IMG_4126Historically, Juno Heights Garden was managed by “traditional” gardening techniques:

  • Any green waste (cutbacks, fallen leaves, branches) was removed from the site in big plastic bags by the garbage collecting company.
  • Soil was rotated at least once a year.
  • In the Summer months it was exposed to the Sun.
  • In the rainy season it was exposed to the heavy falls of water.

All this resulted significant erosion and soil loss throughout the years. You can see on this picture that the concrete fundaments of the garden structure are out on the surface. It is believed that at least 10 cm of soil has been lost, up till now.

With the help of composting, mulching, no-dig gardening methods, our intention is to rebuild the soil, bring soil life back and support the garden ecosystem in a way that it regains its own capacity for self-sustaining soil generation. Juno Heights Garden has already an amazing theoretical biomass production capacity on its own, based on the already existing vegetation, trees, shrubs. We basically just have to let them live and do not disturb their own, natural processes.

From now on we:

  • Leave pine needles on the ground.
  • Shred small branches, turn them into mulch and put them back on the ground.
  • Leaves and cut grass we use as mulch.
  • Kitchen waste we use in vermiculture tanks (they are not suitable for composting as they attract rats).
  • Basically, any kind of green waste we give back to the soil. Even bring in green waste and animal manure from other sites.

In the following picture gallery you can see how it is being done. Click on the picture below to start. By each photo there is a short description under the picture information link (i).


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