Permablitz #188 – Frankston, part 2!
Last time we were here, we built a great many things, including an African keyhole bed, but sadly didn’t get time to finish everything on the list. So now we’re back to finish what we started.
First up on the list was deconstructing the keyhole bed. The instructions that we had previously said to cut the grass and put the sod upside down inside, but they hadn’t bargained with the kikuyu, which started resprouting almost as soon as it was in. There were also some issues with stability as the soil settled. So we took out all of the bricks, then dug out the grass sods and banished them to the chook run.
While the bed was being dismantled, other teams were taking care of their sections. An old bath pond, installed before Bronnie bought the house, was scraped clean of mud and water weeds, then filled with logs and gravel.
Meanwhile, the chicken fencing in the back of the garden was completed, including an extra gate behind the greenhouse, and old packing crate raised garden beds were revamped. Sadly, some of them had rotted to the point where they were no longer usable.
Goodbye, old veggie box!
After lunch, and watching another video on how to build an African keyhole bed, we set to reconstruction. A major part of the new design was adding concreted-in posts to aid in stability, digging the bricks in deeper down, and tamping the soil inside and out. Once that was done, the bed was refilled. So far so good.
With the keyhole bed and most of the work done, the only thing remaining was for everyone to claim a section of garden and start filling it in with plants.
Oh yes, and a final group photo 😀
Muchos gracias goes to Anthony Briggs for the words and pics, with extra happy snaps provided by Daniel O’Brien! To see all the photos of the day, check out the gallery here!