Organoponico borders and raised bed building

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Organoponico borders and raised bed building

Time: September 19, 2009 to September 20, 2009
Location: CCS Disability Action Community Gardens behind main office
Street: 14 Erson Avenue
City/Town: Royal Oak, Auckland
Phone: 625 9811
Event Type: garden/building, class
Organized By: Scott Thiemann
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2009

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Event Description

An Organoponico class is being offered at CCS Disability Action in Royal Oak (Auckland) weekend of 19 & 20 of September from 9-3 or so. The cost of the course is $30/day and $50 for the 2-day course. It will involve building four borders for paths in the community gardens here and for featuring the herbal plantings at the entrance.

Grant Stevens will present the basics and other alternative building materials and methods in his initial slideshow followed by hands-on experience of setting the forms and creating the borders. Go to his website for further information about organoponico after his other description below...

Organoponico Raised Bed Gardening originated in Cuba and arose out of the food crisis Cuba experienced due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the American Trade Embargo. The main features of an Organoponico Garden Bed is low level concrete garden walls, garden soil highly amended with organic matter and drip irrigation.
I have built around seventy of these beds all around Northland and they have become very popular and are operating very successfully. I have expanded the concept of Organoponico and have developed a set of moulds that make extremely attractive, rounded and tapered walls that are very functional and comfortable to work from.
These moulds are simple to make out of short lengths of planking timber [300mmx 50mm] and are held in place by iron or wooden braces.
It is possible to mortar trash, eg beer bottles or 2 litre plastic milk bottles, into the concrete walls, a la Earthship style, which considerably reduces the cost of building the walls. You would not know that there is any trash in the walls as we apply a clay plaster to the surface to acheive a terracotta like appearance and totally eliminate any signs of concrete.
The moulds are very versatile and can be used to create circular gardens or wavy walls which can snake around boundaries or terrace garden walls which can follow the contour of a sloping surfaces. The landscaping potential of these moulds is huge.
We also learn how to make cheap, simple, but very effective Cloche Frames out of 6mm reinforcing rod and black polythene pipe on the workshop as well as how to set up low maintenance Drip Irrigation System. We can also look at implementing a Fertiliser Programme that will produce Nutrient Dense Food from your garden that has medicinal properties.
I will present a slide show of my extensive portfolio of work in Northland and can answer any questions you have. If you are interested in my other fields of work such as Natural Building, Earth Building, Wattle and Daub, Adobe Pizza Ovens, Rocket Mass Heaters, Adobe Rumford Outdoor Fireplaces, Reciprocal Roofs, Light Earth Walls, Hybrid [Paper] Adobe Plaster, etc etc, please just ask me questions.
Cheers Grant "Toha" Steven

Grant Steven
Kiwi Organoponico

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