We have the wonderful (?) opportunity to start from scratch in a reasonable sized backyard (its a rental and our landlord is keen for us to do sustainability stuff). At the moment it's mostly grass (and giant noxious weeds!! which we're gradually getting rid of). We are working with a T-shaped area. We'll have chooks at the northern end of the T, and hopefully a "food forest" with fruit trees etc at the southern end of the T. In the middle, with the most sun, we will have a series of no-dig garden beds. We have a square shaped wire enclosure (with a lid that can open and close). We sometimes use it for our rabbit, but currently our growing chickens are living in it. The enclosure is 122cm square.
What I'm wondering about is whether it would be a suitable size to base our no-dig beds on. If we made the vegie beds the same size as the enclosure, then we could also use it to prepare the beds, by having the chooks in one area to scratch it up, then one it's ready we could move them on and build up a no-dig bed in that spot.
Then later we could use the enclosure to shut newly planted beds away from free-ranging chooks!
So............ do you think that 122cm across is too wide for a no-dig garden? I know I need to be able to access the middle, when kneeling on the edge of the garden. Anyone got any advice/recommendations?
Thanks from a novice!!