05.01.2011 Garden Fridays 4/29/2011
We worked on building the spiral herb planter with a big help from Prof. Sharon Gomez. Also, a big thank you to Cal-Earth for supplying the earth bags. Here are the photos and videos of how we did it.
We first faced a slope that had to be smoothed out, therefore we got some shovels and moved some dirt.
Once the area was level, we used a 2 x 4 to smooth out the area, removing any bumps and dips.
The earth bags require clean dirt, so we cleared out an area free of compost and debris. The dirt is mixed with other components to form our mixture.
Sharon showed us how to use nails to close the side of the earth bags, so that the content would not come out once we compressed the mixture inside the bags.
We laid out the earth bags before we filled them up.
We used a hoe and a wheelbarrow to mix the dirt and water.We used a 10-1-1 mixture, which is 10 parts dirt to one part water, but we didn’t add the one part concrete.
The mixture would compress but not crumble and not wring like a sponge. Usually, a lower mix of soil is used to water, but our soil mixture required more dirt.
We used coffee cans to fill up the bags with our mixture.
After compressing the bags with the mixture, we finalized the earth bag placement.
We were able to get up to two levels, before calling it a day.
A big thanks to Sharon for showing us how to use Cal-Earth technology. On a side note, we planted some Kale, squash, and melons in the melon mound and garlic chives with the tomatoes.