Project begins: October
In 2009, I completed the Crisis
Garden project. Although I had planned to build
more, many other projects took precedence. Finally in
2020, having lots of stay-at-home time available, I
returned to the garden to complete it. Originally, the
augment was supposed to have been a series of larger,
outer circles but after realizing how huge such a project
would be, I opted for a series of smaller, inner planters.
The first step was to draw out where the planters would
be. This was easy with a string attached to a can of spray
paint. Next, I excavated the irrigation so that I could
add new outlets to the new planters.
Next was the footings. I had to pour each one individually
because the weird shape of the planters required creating
custom forms. For the steel reinforcement, I used
left-over rebar from previous projects.
In previous projects, I used a string line with an bubble
level to get elevations. This turned out to be
horrendously inaccurate and time consuming to set up and
continually adjust. The solution was a rotating laser
level, which turned out to me MUCH more accurate and easy
The idea was to establish a keystone on one of the
planters, then use that as a master elevation to transfer
to everything else.
Garden Augment completed December 2020