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The easiest way to build a garden, the least inputs for the maximum outputs, begins with simple ingredients available anywhere. It can begin with typical kitchen scraps dumped onto undisturbed earth. Manure, any type, can be mixed up with food scraps. Together these will attract earthworms, and covering them with wet cardboard will attract them even more. In addition to attracting worms, the cardboard stops weeds from coming up.

The cardboard is then covered with about three inches of mulch, something like spent hay or straw. This will help the garden hold moisture, and though unconventional, the garden bed is then ready and can be planted. It will breakdown and build quality soil.

To plant into it, just clear out planting space in the mulch with your hands, fill the hole with good soil, and put a seedling in. Bring the mulch up near to the plants, water it all in. This is an instant garden.

Key Takeaways:

∙ The materials—kitchen scraps, manure, cardboard, and mulch—to make an instant garden are available anywhere.
∙ Kitchen scraps and manure mixed together will attract worms, and when covered with wet cardboard to block out light, this effect is significantly enhanced.
∙ A thick layer of mulch keeps the garden moist.
∙ This instant garden can be planted in right away and will work.

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Permaculture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture) integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts and at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics, and community development.

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