Fall is a great time to begin new garden beds so that things are primed and ready to be planted come Spring.
Starting a new bed can be intimidating if it involves digging up all the grass, tilling, and going through other heavy-duty preparations.
What’s the easier solution? Sheet mulching!
Also referred to as lasagna gardening, sheet mulching is basically composting in place. Instead of digging up the ground and adding soil amendments, you create a new garden bed by layering soil-building materials right on top of the ground.
But what about the grass or weeds that are already there? They get covered with a layer of newspaper or cardboard that acts as a weed protecting barrier that will kill the grass or weeds. They will just turn into compost along with all of your other additions.
Sheet mulching is really very forgiving. I think the two most important steps are to: 1) Make sure the ground is covered with newspaper or cardboard to kill the grass and prevent weeds, and 2) Pile on a lot of organic matter. This will get you started with the essentials for a new bed. The more amendments you add right away, the healthier the soil will be that you start out with, but don’t be afraid to start with whatever you’ve got. Continue reading