In this lesson, we will teach you how to create a flat bed.
First, choose a location for your bed.
Your pathways should be between 40 and 70 centimeters, or 1 and 1 1/2 feet, wide.
These pathways will facilitate movement in the garden.
In small-scale farming, it’s common to have growing beds that are 10 square meters, or 30 square feet.
This area creates a micro-ecosystem that
facilitates plant growth and crop planning.
Here, the bed we created is 2 meters wide and 5 meters long, or 7 feet wide and 15 feet long.
Use wooden sticks and string to mark these measurements.
If the soil is dry, water it.
The soil must have an adequate level of moisture before you can dig or weed.
It’s best to create your beds in the spring or fall when the soil is naturally moist.
To begin weeding, use the single digging technique.
Now let’s move on to the manual weeding.
Here, we have prairie soil.
This step is important since it allows you to closely observe the bed’s natural plant growth.
These plants, called bio indicators, will give you information about the soil’s structure, texture and composition.
Use a hand fork to remove all of the roots. This will also reduce the amount of regrowth.
Shake the clods to keep the soil in your flat bed.
Here, the plants we extracted are very rich, and contain organic matter.
We placed them in a compost pile.
Your flat bed is now ready for planting.