The Macambeni Garden, made available by the city of Piggs Peak to Fundzisa Live, the local partner of Designig Hope in Piggs Peak, presented a challenge in terms of soil preparation. Indeed, this sloping ground had been digged on part of its surface to extract and use the soil, offering a flat ground at the bottom, but with an extremely poor soil on its surface, and loaded with pebbles.
The preparation of this surface therefore required long weeks of work to extract the stones and dig the culture beds. Then we began to recover some of the fertile soil from the top of the field and sediment from the wetland bellow, to mix with the red soil of the lower part, and vice versa.
Several 1m wide beds of culture have been dug, on the upper part and on the lower part. We then preapred “lasagna beds”, alternating branches and plant materials recovered during clearing, compost, manure, and biochar, interspersed with layers of red soil and black soil from the upper garden.
In just a few months, we have been able to set up a homogenous site that optimizes the surface, and levels the quality of soil.