Here are a few images showing the process of filling the raised bed we just added. It's a good start, but we will definitely be adding more compost items all fall and winter in preparation for the spring planting! The bed was designed from pictures of other beds we had seen. At some point, we will add two feet of hardware cloth on top of the boards. It will be attached to the corner post and top boards also to be added later. Hopefully this will be deep enough to keep the rabbits out! The chickens, probably not. As you can see, there is a lot of space to fill in this bed. It is an 8'x8' square. The beds are 3' wide and 2' deep.
After laying landscape cloth on the bottom, we begin adding limbs and branches. Okay, so we started with the trunk of a small tree!
We began with the trunk and larger branches, followed by smaller branches as we worked our way towards the top.
On top of the branches, we added about a foot of unfinished compost. The compost will continue to decompose throughout the fall and winter in this new bed. Soon we will be adding manure and more grass clippings as well.