A guide to how I started laying the foundation for soil at Sweet Belly Farm - by layering compost, straw, leaves, hay, and decomposed bark into lasagna beds. September was almost gone and I couldn’t wait any longer to justDO something, at least start making the soil I wanted to grow herbs in during the coming summer season.
Manuka essential oil is made by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs. It has antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine properties, among other healing benefits. This is the story of how I learned more about Manuka when I found myself backpacking among a forest of Manuka bushes in New Zealand.
It all started when I said I wanted a pole barn or structure of some sort near my future garden to serve as a place to wash produce, dry herbs, store tools, and get out of the sun. Then, my partner Tim starts talking about timber frame structures, how sturdy they are, and how properly built and sheltered from rot, they can last for centuries.