The beds are filled with fluffy good soil, enriched with compost and leafy matter. Once filled it is never again turned over unless absolutely necessary[-such as when heavy rain compacts it]. Left to itself, the bed gains fertility by the interaction of soil animals, leafy matter, moisture, air and light. The top of the soil is heavily mulched. After vegetables are harvested, plant remnants are returned to the bed.Thus you have an area that can abide by the four principles and thrive.
January was a good month to build the beds. The rains had been copious and our storage tank was surplusing. I rigged out a way to lead the overflow to a pot and thence to a shallow ditch I dug upslope of the bed.The idea was to make the water flow underneath the bed and let capillary action suck the water up. The weather was cool, tomato and chilli saplings throve.
However the best thing by far about January was that Karpagam and Sriram came over to pointReturn as long term volunteers. For months before moving in, they had been reading up and apprenticing themselves in ongoing vegetable growing projects. Knowledge and conviction make a heady mix; they were unstoppable once they arrived. Within days, they focused on gathering biomass, quick compostinng them with cowdung and urine, and building more raised beds. Most of all, they took on the responsibility for what they began. For the first time, pointReturn has been manned 24×7 since they arrived. I could see how that care and commitment is acknowledged by the land.