The area has previously been used to grow veges but the ground is dry and there are gum trees nearby that I think absorb a lot of the moisture so I thought a no dig garden bed would be ideal for this area, particularly is I made a strong dense layer at the bottom to retain the moisture within the bed. It is a strip that is 7mx3m.
I collected several large boxes that had little to no print on them with no stickers or sticky tape. I opened them up and layed them on the ground in the back yard as I knew it was going to rain that day. First I had a lot of sticks and branches from trees I had cut down that I layed across the bed, and the next day after the rains, the boxes were layered over each other on top of the sticks, and some compost was used to hold it all down. Pea straw was the next layer, two bales spread out and watered. Over this was horse manure collected locally, 4 bags.
I had cut down some ficus branches overhanging our property from next door, trimmed a hedge and removed all the leftover corn and sunflowers from other garden beds and mowed them all up. This was then dumped out across the manure and watered. I then emptied the entire contents of my compost bin over the bed, then another layer of straw and watered again. I left it overnight, came back the next day and mowed the lawns and poured that over. I had a small pile of leftover sandy loam that I needed to get rid of too so I threw it on at this stage and then placed a final layer of straw on top.
Drippers were placed over the top and the bed now holds beans, kale, pak choy and some chinese greens. I've left space for broccoli to be added soon.