no dig/sheet mulching

adidas(6/7)August 6, 2012

Hello. I have a couple of questions about no dig gardening....

1)Suppose I've covered my patch w/cardboard, mulch (wood chips), grass clippings and veggie peels/coffee grounds etc. this fall. Could I then sprinkle something like Ascelepias sp. on top of the mulch mix immediately w/out waiting for any decomposition, leave it over the winter and have successful germination OR would it be premature? I thought it might work because at the very least I am slowing down grass and weeds in spring and giving my Asclepias seedlings an edge :?

2) Would burlap sheets be as effective as cardboard as a cover that you then cover w/mulch?

Thank-you!

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oliveoyl3

1) Wait until spring to plant seeds. Many people winter sow the milkweed & transplant out. The winter sow forum has more details about how to do it.

2) Yes, burlap should work as well as cardboard if you have at least 2 layers. Be sure to overlap & wet down well. Then wet each layer again unless you live in a rainy climate at present when building the bed. When I make these beds as I gather materials in the fall through spring I rarely water them because we have a lot of rain.

Persistent perennial weeds may still need removal, but will be easier in spring to do so in the loose soil. We have dandelion, creeping buttercup, and plantain that come out with a bit of determination after making a lasagna garden. If the soil is dry they just break up & you can't get the root out all the way, so they grow back.

Then... after the bed is made & you planted your seeds or transplants ... to prevent the weeds from returning you need to mulch and maintain it. Removal of weedy areas or at least the weed seed heads around the garden bed helps, too.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:01PM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day adidas,

we invite you to read our presentation:

we never weed and we never dig.

Here is a link that might be useful: lens straw bale garden

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 5:47PM
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jessiecarole

:)

"we never weed and we never dig"

me too, len. I just finished burying a pan full of vegetable peelings in a bed I am starting for next season. We have had a wet fall which means grass clippings and fall leaves mowed together. woohoo! I should have a good heap of greens and browns before Christmas.

Its good to see you. I hope you are well.

jc

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 3:36PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Similar discussion happening on the soil forum.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 4:11PM
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