They happen to be Bags of Composted Manure which I buy to make vegetable beds. No raised bed frames to build (for now), no earth to till … just a beginner’s lazy (wo)man’s way to plant more vegetables & trees, yes, trees!
It all began with an experiment 9 months ago when I placed some bags of manure which I bought on some spare space in the backyard. As I brought bag-by-bag around on my radio flyer wagon, ideas began to form, so ….
I cut 4 bags up, like in the photo below
inverted the bags so that cardboard would face the ground, then
In the exposed soil, I planted some comfrey & some sweet potato slips, moringa oleifera and okra seeds, a papaya seedling, 2 young 14″ potted mango seedlings. I then mulched them with pine needles and dried palm fronds.
9 months later …
The manure plastic bag can still be seen (I plan to remove them when plants are established & soil has stabilized with roots & tubers) but the plants have actually form a mini-forest patch.
Seeing their growth rate and pattern, I have decided to add a few more bags to grow some collard greens & swiss chard.
I think the bags have, in their own way, acted like temporary (mini) raised beds, keeping the soil in place and helping to retain water.
The next step might be to a create a little swale filled with gravel