|So...How do you get this without a tiller?|
I'm blaming it on the tiller.
|That's right! Gardening should be fun...but it could be |
more fun without the tiller altogether, and it's surely a
lot less effort.
(Photo credit: www.donaldantiquerototillers.com)
No, we stumbled upon...really, it was one of the greatest acts of stumbling upon ever...this "Back-to-Eden" garden plan that is basically a no-till garden, but more. We watched the video. Then we watched it again. And again.
In fact, a very large part of this garden plan is to lessen the work load. Yes, lessen.
We borrowed a relative's trailer, hooked it up to our van, and off we went. Two loads-one of fine mulch and one of regular. We have quite a bit left over, too and plan to use it, and the Back-to-Eden approach, in our flower and herb beds. Sr. Chief has already decided to expand the garden, too...I can't tell you how wonderful that makes me feel!
This is how we did it and we actually did a little more than required by adding the layer of fine mulch, but did so because we didn't want to wait a season.
We put down newspaper, covering the grass in a pre-determined area of the yard.
Covered that with about an inch of compost dirt.
Covered that with about 3 inches of fine mulch that's already been composting for 3 months.
Covered that with about 2 inches of regular mulch that's already been composting for 3 months.
You see, it's all about the covering.
Allow me to insert here that in years to come, the amount of mulch needed will decrease. Therefore, the amount of time needed to prepare the bed will be less. So as stated above, the greatest amount of work,(other than harvesting, perhaps), is done once the garden is created...It's 'upfront time'. Even weeding is a breeze...The mulch won't compact like dirt, so any weeds that do make it through, can be pulled easily...even by children!
Waited a few days...It worked out perfectly for us because it started raining just as we were finishing up and kept raining off and on for a few days.
Planted, making furrows to reach the dirt beneath the mulch.
Waited for seeds to sprout and grow a bit, then covered around them with the mulch which will act as a sponge and hold water in when it's dry...and if it happens to be a really wet season, it will keep the plants from getting too wet. Amazing.
|The carrots were just starting to show when this photo was|
taken, less than 2 weeks ago. Today, I checked them, (for the 50th time),
and they are showing themselves in large patches...We're so excited!
Now we have our own "Back-to-Eden" garden going. ('Scroll down to the video for details on the 'how-to's'.) We have some heirlooms and hopefully next year, we'll start early enough that we'll have all heirlooms and move into the next phase of saving our own seeds from year to year.