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Bio Gardening

TNG Centre practices Bio-Gardening and has recently imitated the practice of forest composting described below.

Material needed:

Big half-rotten tree trunks (up to 30cm in diameter), lots of twigs and small branches, leaves, needles, compost … all kinds of wood are great and can be used. Preferably use a space that is even and that has good soil.


The Process:

  • Dig a hole: 40cm deep; 1,10cm wide; as long as you wish in relation to your plot of land; We did some poles as long as 12 meters
  • Put aside big rocks and leave the earth piled up next to your hole.
  • Put the big trunks in the hole. Put them as closely together as is possible. Fill up the holes between the trunks with rotten or decomposed wood and/or very dry wood chips (large), bark etc.


  • Put a layer of 5cm diameter trunks and branches, preferably semi decomposed ones.
  • The entire two layers need to be very wet.
  • Preparing the next layer:
  1. Put lots of twigs and branches (old ones as well as young ones are fine) on a big pile (they can be up to 2cm); use a lawn mower to shred them. Don’t shred them too much; they should not be too small. The rougher the material, the longer it will last.
  2. The material has to be really wet. If this is not the case, soak it overnight.
  3. Put the wet shredded twigs and branches on the trunks. In the middle your pile should be about 50cm high; it has to be quite firm (stamp on it!). 


  • As the next step, cover the top with the earth, which had been piled up beside the hole, about 20cm high. The earth should not be too firm (no stamping!). Everything needs to be able to breath
  • The top layer: for the top layer you need lots of leaves, needles, and sawdust … all kinds of plant-like material that is easily decomposable. This layer is just about 20cm high.


  • Now start planting your vegetables:
  1. To plant, gently shove away the top layer and put your plants/potatoes/onions, leeks, cabbages on top of the earth layer (avoid planting fragile veggies like carrots or tomatoes in the first year);
  2. Once the roots are firmly fixed in the earth, then carefully place the top layer material around the plants.
  3. If you want to seed directly, gently shove away the top layer, dig a little trench with your finger, put in the seeds and carefully put some earth on top. As soon as the plants show and are big enough, put the top layer back around and on top of the new plant.

10.)Throughout the whole year, this process allows little watering if none at all onto your bed;

11.) There will be no need for weeding either. Would weeds appear, just put some top layer on them, that will suffocate them and they will become earth as well. You should put your compostable kitchen disposables on the bed, this way the top layer keeps its size and all the good energy is used instead of wasted.



All Religious activities held at "TNG Centre®" are operated under a French Cultual Association 1905. All other non-religious activities such as hosting cultural events and seminars, are operated by Association 1901 DRA TAGPA RITRU®, legally registered and audited since February 2000.


TNG-Centre® is located in the South of France, near FOURTOU, a village of the "Haute Vallée des Corbières" in the French department of Aude.

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Concept : Philippe DANAUX aka Lama SANGYAY TENDZIN - BRUSSELS - B

Graphic design : Davide OPPIZZI - Dcube Agency® - Geneva - CH

Last Edit : February 2017 Laughing