The ?-garden

Bi-O has been lucky since 2016 to be able to use an appr. 0,5 acre (ca 2000 m2) field at Sørbråten Gård in Maridalen. The soil has been improved by a steady supply of organic material in the form of compost and livestock manure, and we now have a good starting point for the next phase: a combination of demonstration and display garden and a field for experimentation with farming methods.

The beginning in spring 2016

The field had been a lawn for about 15 years, and it had to be broken. The solution was several rounds with a rotary harrow, and a seemingly infinite number of rounds with rakes and wheelbarrows to collect the peat in compost heaps. We will never use that method again! (See further down on the use of tarp.)

Here are a few concept plans that guided the project, especially the ?-sign-shaped service path. The idea behind it was a plan that could create great variety of fields and spaces, so that the garden would be as visually interesting as possible, and thus fun to work in. Karl, who designed it, stated: “I wanted to avoid long monotonous rows with the same plant, where the work quickly perceived as endlessly repetitive and boring. I grew op in the countryside and all mye first jobs as a youth were at farms. The work was deadly boring. No wonder people all over the world shy away from it. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Here is a series of pictures taken from up by the round horse enclosure in the east:


And this is how it looked the first year:

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Expansion and use of tarp

Interested in working and learning in the ?-Garden ?

We plan to build a scheme for the operation of this garden where we have a team of about 10 people who participate within a coordination plan, based on how much time they have. We will experiment with a cultivation planner that handles a large number of species, and keeps track of the tasks associated with all beds and species and connects them with available labour resources. All necessary training will be provided through an internal course program where everyone who has acquired a knowledge and skills module can train others. You should at all times be able to get a certificate of what you have acquired of the course and how much work experience you have. All this will be developed within a web-based solution.

There will be no salary except that we share what we produce based on effort, but it also costs nothing to participate in the training. The project is at the concept stage and the intention is to develop it during the coming winter so that we are ready for the spring season 2022.

If this is of interest to you, feel free to get in touch. You do not need to submit an application or have prior knowledge. It is sufficient that you understand the concept, namely that this is a project with high ambitions to coordinate efforts and knowledge for the common good and that you have developed a healthy balance between what you want out of it and what you want to give back.

Contact ut here.