This year we are trying the deep mulch method for our little garden. Last fall we put down a few layers of newspaper where we wanted our plot to be this spring. Then we saved and piled on all of our grass clippings. Most of the grass under the newspaper/grass clippings died by the time spring got here this year.
Naturally my son thought we had made a parking lot for his toy car.
I was able to till out a few rows in the designated plot area and then work some compost in. The idea is to keep adding grass clippings between and outside the rows to cut down on or eliminate weeding. I don’t know about the weeding yet, but so far I can say for sure that prepping the plot was easier than tilling.
Currently it is coming right along. We are doing 4 rows: one with arugula and butter lettuce, one with broccoli, one with cauliflower, and one with cucumber. It gets so hot in Oklahoma that anytime I’ve tried to plant lettuce it toasts up. I planted it earlier this time though, and it’s coming along much better than previous attempts.
Then there is this one random corner . . . Last year this spot produced a ton of squash and okra, no garlic (even though we planted it), and pumpkin plants that got eaten up by squash bugs. I didn’t clean up this corner AT ALL. Instead I dumped some leftover compost on it. Now there are a few different things sprouting there, but I don’t know what. So I am just going to let it grow and play a game of “wait and see what grows”.
Lastly, we plant herbs in our front bed instead of flowers. So far the dill and cilantro are spouting. We may end up having to grow some basil in pots. It just doesn’t seem to like this spot.
What are you planting? How’s it coming along?