1) Finding the right spot
The right spot for a raised bed should be in level, on solid ground and on a sunshiny space.
2) Measure the right size and dig out the foundation
The ground you are digging out you can use as a filling material later.
3) Start setting up the concrete walls
For the walls for a raised bed you can use different kind of materials such as wood. In our case we used concrete.
4) Securing the walls from inside and outside while setting up
As the concrete walls are heavy and long you should do this together with another person.
5) Filling with compostable biomass
You can fill your raised bed with a mix of organic compostable biomass. This could be shredded leaves or grass clippings for instance. In-between you can put a layer of sticks so that the air can circulate better. On top you should put a good soil mixture.
It is never too early to start protecting your body.
When I talk about body, I actually mean all three combined together:
your mind, your body and your soul.
There are several things, I did wrong in my life.
And there are also good things I gained through experience.
Those things I want to pass on to you, dear Savannah, dear Joshua,
so that you are not making the same mistakes.
This list is not final, but it gives you a good start.
1) Protect your body
– Eat and drink organic. If you have the possibility to choose between organic and non-organic, choose organic. Best would be, if you grow your own food in your garden.
– Don’t eat produced sweets. You just don’t need them. When you are longing for something sweet, eat some fruits.
– Eat enough fruits and vegetables. Every day.
– Reduce meat. The older you get, the less you need.
– Instead of meat eat enough proteins. Good sources of proteins are nuts (e.g. walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans), seeds (e.g. pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), legumes (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, white beans, chickpeas)
– You need minerals, especially in your age of growing: calcium (e.g. natural yoghurt, broccoli), iron (e.g. salmon, eggs, beans, broccoli), potassium (e.g. bananas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, legumes) and zinc (e.g. nuts and legumes).
– You need enzymes (e.g. papayas, pineapples).
– Cook yourself.
– Use coconut oil when cooking. Another good oil is made out of flaxseed. All other oils can produce bad stuff for your body when being heated up.
– Drink (enough) spring water. And for sure don’t drink sweetened drinks. They are full of sugar and other bad stuff. If you are longing for something sweet to drink, make yourself a fresh fruit juice.
2) Train your strength
– If possible, work outside.
– If not, do sports for sure. You will figure out by time, where your talents are.
– When you’re old enough, use your bicycle instead of a car.
– Whatever you are doing, e.g. when you are lifting heavy things, always strengthen/put tension to your core. This will protect especially your back.
3) Train your mind
– Leave smartphones, tablets aside.
– Be as often as you can in nature.
– Connect to nature. Most of the people are disconnected from nature. May you stay connected and protect the nature.
– Play an instrument.
4) Train your spirit
– Pray. It is the sweetest moment every day and it can change everything for you.
– Meditate. It is so important to focus on the now, what you are doing right in that moment and to switch off all of your thoughts.
– Connect to our Creator. Let His pure energy flow through your body. Everything – physically and mentally – will become easier for you.
– Don’t let anybody steel your positive energy.
– Be kind. No matter what others do or say to you, stay in your middle and just be kind.
– Smile. And the world smiles with you.
– Find your purpose in life. There is a reason for you being on this planet. If you are connected to our creator, He will tell you your purpose. It took me more than 40 years to find it. May you’ll be blessed to find it quicker.
Sometimes it is necessary to put up a fence around the garden.
Either you don’t want animals to get out
or you don’t want predators to get inside.
In our case we bought the parts from the junkyard for small money.
If you don’t have the time and the money to hire big machinery,
an easy solution is to put up the fence with quick set concrete.
I would recommend to do this job with another colleague.
One is holding the parts while the other one is digging and filling.
Half way through you can swop the jobs.
First you have to measure quite detailed with a measure tape and a level where to put the parts.
Then you just have to dig some holes and put the poles inside. If the parts are in level, you can fill the holes with concrete, add some water and stir both until it is quite harden. At that point you can still adjust if you need to. After a few hours, it is not possible any more.
One of the best natural material you can think of is bamboo.
If you have some space left in your garden, bamboo can be renewable natural ressource.
Just be aware of the fact, that bamboo can spread widely and grow very fast.
Taking out the roots might require some stronger tools as the roots are very strong.
As it is very flexible and very strong at the same time, you can use it for different applications.
1) As garden sticks
2) As mulch
3) Or to produce beautiful and useful things
This curtain hanger in a sleep-out for instance I created after finding the perfect size of bamboo.