Things I forgot to say in the video –
How I get away without a rototiller – I kill the sod with a heavy ground cover (old carpet, linoleum, tarp). Then I break up the soil to plant garlic, but that’s the last time I’ll mess with it that much. I want to maintain the soil structure, and I don’t want to bring new weed seeds to the surface every year. I never step on my beds -this would compact the soil. When I want to seed a bed, I spread out the seeds and simply sift finished compost over the top to cover them.
I don’t have edges on my beds – What do I do about the weeds and lawn creeping in? I simply edge the beds with a shovel about 3 times a year – not a huge chore, takes about an hour for all my gardens. Looks clean and doesn’t require spending money on materials for making walls as for raised beds.
How come my garden doesn’t have any weeds? I can’t say this enough – MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. My garden requires very little maintenance because whenever I plant, I mulch. After I plant garlic, I spread a thick layer of fall leaves over the bed. In the spring, I add a thick layer of grass clippings. And I do mean thick – they are root crops – it can’t hurt them. As soon as things like lettuce and carrots are big enough, I tuck grass clippings around them. Everything gets a blanket of mulch
- keeps weed seeds from receiving enough light to germinate,
- keeps rainfall from compacting my soil,
- keeps my garden moist even in dry weather.
How is your garden doing? Do you plant any fall crops? Stay tuned for an upcoming post on growing your own year’s supply of garlic!