October arrives and we begin preparing beds for the coming spring.¬†Sheet mulching is a great way to take a grassy spot and rev it up to speed quickly. The technique, which we learned from Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway, is fairly simple. Slash the vegetation where you want to plant, then aerate the ground a bit. Add manure, then cover the area with paper.

Once it’s covered in paper, then layer on manure and straw, paper bags, more manure and straw. Pretty much like making a delicious, poop-filled lasagna. After a season or two of breaking down, you’ve got a wonderful bed of rich soil.

If you can’t wait that long, then just make a little hole in the straw and fill it with potting soil, then plant whatever you like in it.

Sorrel Bear and the fig.

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Orin Rocket and Angelica – what an amazing smelling plant!2015-10-17 17.44.27

Manijeh prepares¬†beds with sheet mulch near the Mormon Apricot, Mulberry, and Cherry trees. And yes, that’s a freshly dug swale in the fore ground.

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