Sunken Beds

This sunken beds EDU drop is another article filed with practical experience of implementing this earthworks strategy that often falls under the drylands context but i feel it goes beyond. Sunken beds are a great choice for growing which the designers manual acknowledges. Lots of pictures, my funny powerpoint drawings, and blogging about extended experience and observation. Enjoy, have you tried them yet? https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-9-earth-working-and-earth-resources/sunken-beds/

Written by Doug Crouch

Earthworks are meant to create conditions conducive for growth and a beneficial interaction with water.  Although raised beds seem to be intertwined somehow with Permaculture…

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3 Comments on “Sunken Beds

  1. Hi Doug!

    I found this article really interesting. I’m also thinking of building some sunken beds. But, i have this major problem with escalrracho (i think its “torpedo grass” in english) and as i observe that it really thrives in wet zones, i’m wondering if i would be creating a “escalracho bed”. What do you think?
    Btw, any ideas no how to grow veggies along with this weed?

    Thanks!

    • hey fred, sorry i missed this comment. What i would do, and we had a bit of this in some areas, maybe not the same one but a rhizominous grass, was really thickly mulch for a year including many layers of cardboard. i dont recommend digging sunken beds then trying to grow right away anyway but one place i worked insisted we do and indeed it turned into a rhizome grass nightmare because of the lack of sheet mulching.

      • I’m doing some trials in that direction, i have some small areas with a thick layer of grape vine and olive tree trimmings, no cardboard though, it seems a good idea. But escalracho perfurates even soft wood, i’ve seen some rhizomes inside grap vine sticks…

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