2nd Waffle Garden install

4 X 4 Waffle Bed
removed dirt is spread beside fence in the alley
Legal concerns of alley way are unknown at this point.
I didn’t find concerns on  http://www.amarillo.gov/

Materials Used

Water: Ten feet from water spigot.
Sun: The rising East sun in the summer and winter will reach the garden bed after it rises over the garage. The garage and house are 20+ feet away and will not block the east sun too much. A large cotton wood will be dynamic shade in the summer when it has full leaves. In the winter the cotton wood without its leaves allows sun to reach the waffle bed. The west fence will block the setting sun in the hottest part of the a summer day. In the winter, (I estimate) the bed will have enough sun to grow winter crops slowly.
People Access: The waffle bed is in a good location for people in the house to walk to and water. One side is the sidewalk from the house to the ally gate, the second side is a corner of the cement slab where the family plays basket ball, the third side is more grass and dirt which may leave room for garden expansion at a later time, and the forth side is the alley’s West fence. I will have easy access to the bed because it is close to the back gate.
Dogs: The dogs already did not poop in the area where we put the waffle bed so the owners don’t have to change the dogs’ habits too much. Dogs still may dig, and a little fence needs to be put up.

Amended soil with some of my compost
Spread alfalfa seed in waffle bed
Covered with a grass clippings mulch.

Water every day once or twice for 3 minutes with fan sprayer for first week. Water is important to germinate the seeds and establish strong roots.
After first week water every 2-3 days for 3-5 minutes.
After seeds start to sprout water once a week.
Water deeply to establish deep root system. Stop when water starts to puddle on the surface.

Next Steps:
Watch the Alfalfa grow! It will sprout in 10-20 days
Get a row crop cover or greenhouse plastic to cover waffle bed and start to grow winter vegetables.
Think about area in ally with soil in it.
Start a compost pile and waste stream strategy.
Put a French drain around waffle bed, look at other water catchment possibilities, and possible grey water projects.


About ellieearly

I was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. I moved back to Amarillo Feb 2011 after university in at Umass Dartmouth and post college adventures in central rural Tennessee on The Farm and surrounding land. Back in Amarillo I tried staring a business called Better Kitchen Gardens. This year, 2013, the High Plains Food Bank hired me to teach nutrition and gardening at the Mavrick Boys and Girls club. I'm a "Permi" a permaculutralist! I will use this site to share my Amarillo Permi ventures.
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