lawn to garden

This year I wasn’t able to create a full-size garden due to the poor quality of the soil, but next year I’ll be ready. There is a sunny, level section of lawn between the cabin and the shop that is perfect for expanding to a larger garden. To get the plot ready for next spring, I started by mowing the grass short. Then we spread a couple of inches of composted manure on top.

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manure

Over the compost we placed a layer of cardboard and wet it down.

cardboard_midprogress

Once the cardboard was saturated, we added more compost, soil, and dried, shredded leaves, straw, pine needles, and mulch on top.

cardboard_layer

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I’ll continue adding kitchen scraps and compost until just before the first snow. Ideally the layer on top of the cardboard should be a foot or more deep, so I’ll add more composted manure and straw just before winter hits.

mulched_garden

By spring the soil should be ready to be worked. Planting starts mid-April.

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