Previously on Permagardening: With the swales and berms done bordering the garden, it was time to rip out all the grass (which we transplanted in front of our doorstep), start collecting compost, and try to germinate some flower seeds (courtesy of Aaron’s sticky fingers).
This post is going up around the end of June, but our garden-starting took place in the first couple weeks of May. Timing is very important with cultivating land in Ethiopia, as trying to work the soil during the rainy season would be a futile attempt. The soil in our area is almost purely clay, so preparing the garden beds must take place before the rains start (late May) or after they finish (September-ish). We were pr….