Tag Archives: Cardboard Trench Beds
“Make a self-supporting post-less fence trellis out of rebar!”
In Spring 2011 I wanted to make a fence across the backyard for three reasons; to enclose a chicken run, to grow fruit vines, and to support a future pvc arbour I had planned. Traditional fencing options were expensive, but I found a way to do it using only rebar steel mesh. The result exceeded my hopes.
- Creates Vertical Space
- Encloses Chickens
- Supports Vines
- Lasts 10 Years
“Got sandy soils? Need an effective garden bed? Improve your soil and save water by making a cardboard trench bed!”
Sandy soils allow water to drain quickly, which washes away nutrients and forces you to water often. Instead of replacing your soil with the fertile soil from elsewhere, take the opportunity to improve the soil you already have! A cardboard trench bed forms an effective semi-permeable barrier below your plants, which traps nutrients and slows drainage. This means less watering, and less fertilising. Organic amendments can freely be introduced into your soil at various depths in the bed to create a deep and thorough profile of great soil.
- Slows drainage
- Saves water
- Saves nutrients
- Becomes fertiliser