Fall is finally here! The leaves are turning, there is a chill in the air, and my garden is giving the last of it's fruits.
I have been busy in the garden, preparing the soil for next year. We also enlarged the planting area, using the same techniques that we used for this summer's garden.
The method worked beautifully for us. Hardly any weeding, watering, and pest problems (with exception of the chickens). You can read more about it here and here.
Below is a picture of the garden as it was this afternoon.
This area was an existing area of the garden. To prepare it for winter, I topped it with mulch that I gathered from underneath the trees. It consists of pine needles, decomposing pine cones, and bark that had shed from the trees.
This area was also an existing area of the garden. While it may look a little barren, the lack of weeds is from the lasagna layering method. I spread some wood chips under the tomatoes and haven't had to water since. Once the tomatoes are done, I will cover this area with mulch.
Here is where we added the new planting area. We used the lasagna method, as pictured below. Like the other two areas, this area will be covered with mulch as well.
Hopefully, over winter the mulch will break down, enriching the soil. We then plan to cover the entire area with another layer of mulch in early spring. I would like to use wood chips at that time.
Tips to remember:
~ Don't till your soil.... EVER!
~ Your mulch doesn't have to be wood chips. Pine needles, grass, straw, anything that will cover the ground and break down.
~ If you don't want to add extra soil, lay down paper and just top it with mulch.
~ Don't use cardboard. It is too stiff and may leave spots where the grass doesn't die.
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