Garden shortcuts!

So as you may or may not know from pictures in previous posts, my garden site currently has quite a bit of grass growing thick and strong. This has been making my life somewhat difficult when it comes to turning the soil and weeding it to make a new bed, thus making it a slow and difficult process to expand my garden.

Today I came up with what I think could be a genius idea inspired by lasagna gardens. I dug out and weeded a small patch large enough for an adult plant to grow and make root, and trimmed away the grass around it. I then layered newspapers and flyers around the cleared space and covered it with a think layer of soil and mulch. I am hoping the grass will not make its way through the paper! I will have to wait and see.

I suppose this technique would not be ideal for all plants, but since I planted zucchini here, I believe it should work out just fine. I had in the past planted zucchini similarly, however without the paper and soil. The plants grew fine, but so did the grass and it made harvesting somewhat unpleasant and it did not look very good either!

Here is the results of today’s efforts:

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I ran out of mulch before I could finish the second circle, but the general idea is there. I will be covering up the rest of the paper as well, but I had to run away from the black flies while I still could! 🙂

Meanwhile, my front ”steps” have become the local hangout for all my plants waiting to be homed! Realistically speaking, I don’t think I will be getting my garden to the full size I want before fall, so I have started to pot several plants such as tomatoes and strawberries as can be seen in this picture. I also have my one lone Red Runner bean survivor in a large pot with a trellis but it’s not in the picture despite how attached to it I have become!

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All in all, I am pretty happy with how things are coming along considering I started from scratch in the spring, have very little time on my hands and am somewhat of a beginner at this! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Garden shortcuts!

  1. Sam says:

    Great start! I’ve noticed our lasagna gardens dry out quickly right now, but we have straw and other things in there too. I hope it works well, and as you said zucchini are hearty little suckers. Hopefully you have more time soon to get lots more from the nursery into the garden. Glad to see progress is happening!!

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