|Image from Oregon Live.|
STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!
Turn off that roto-tiller. Back away from that hoe. Return that bag of fertilizer. Pronto.
We've got a mulch simpler solution that benefits you, your sanity, the environment, and, of course, that gorgeous garden of yours.
What is Mulch Gardening?
|Lasagna garden illustration by Kim Carpenter|
How is Mulch Gardening Achieved?
This is the easy part. All the stuff most people throw out—food scraps. cardboard, junk mail, dead leaves, sticks, twigs, and newspaper—is exactly the stuff you want to get mulch gardening going in your yard. Trust us, it works:
|Better Farm gardens, 2013.|
Starting in the SpringIf you're starting this process in the spring, you'll want to make layers like this in your garden rows:
- Layer One: cardboard/newspaper/junk mail (we also use the discarded bedding from chicken coops)
- Layer Two: fresh compost (coffee grounds, banana peels, etc.)
- Layer Three: Dead leaves, hay, other mulch items
- Layer Four: Top Soil
|First layer: cardboard, newspaper, junk mail|
|Second layer: fresh compost from our food.|
|Third layer: hay, grass clippings, pulled (and dead) weeds|
|We put a second layer of cardboard over the top of some rows to make sure no weeds poke through.|
|As the layers of biodegradables break down, we're left with rich, dark soil.|
|Grow, baby, grow!|
Next spring, you'll just have to poke a hole into your rows and plant away. The natural weed barriers, composted food, other layers will add every nutrient your plants need, retain moisture, and ensure a plentiful crop.
Starting in the Fall
|Each Fall at Better Farm, we add piles of hay and compost to each row.|
Want to see just how much of a difference mulch gardening makes? Click here to see our four-year reflection photos!
For more information about mulch gardening, click here. We also now offer private garden consultations! Click here to learn more.