[The original Betty-Bed, just before we started reshaping…]
Here’s the new garden bed that Betty from the cafe (along with her crack team of hand-picked students) built a few weeks ago. At the time, Betty said:
“Itâ€™s nothing special, the shape of the bed and everything can be modified later, itâ€™s just to get something in and growing first, and worry about all that down the track.â€
So this week the boss and I decided the time was right to reshape the Betty Bed.
Our main concern – besides aesthetics (as Betty says, square isn’t the prettiest shape for a garden) was depth. We wanted to reduce the footprint of the bed, make it a bit smaller, so that the soil in there could be a bit deeper in sections. Inspired by Cecilia’s bed, we decided to create a diversity of shapes, depths and micro-zones within this bed.
We began by chopping into the front corner, raising the sandstone blocks taller so they’d support more soil within:
Humming away in dirt-under-fingernails contentment, we inserted an old plastic plant pot as our new resident pond; on the right hand side of this picture you can also see the little niche we installed, for fun as much as for any other reason:
Along the way, We encountered a few creatures which indicated there is sufficient moisture present, at present, to support such biodiversity:
(I believe Heather relocated this fellow to “the bottom of the garden”. And that’s actually not a euphemism, she really did that.)
The sun came up, and we replanted all the seedlings which we’d had to temporarily remove while reshaping:
And here’s the “finished product” (with all due acknowledgement, of course, that at Tending, there is no such thing):
Besides incessantly chatting and bickering with each other, socially, it was a quiet day at Tending. Not many human visitors. After reshaping Betty’s bed, we stopped to admire the lushness of our brassicas:
We watched the rains come in:
And some local faulty engineering made us consider the possibility of water harvesting:
Finally, we “obtained a yield” – sharing some of our abundant lettuce and mustard greens crop with a couple of friendly students who were sheltering from the storm:
-Til next week, Tenders!