Sunday, April 3, 2011
Creating a NO Till Orgnaic Garden Space
Lettuce and Spinach like the cooler weather so these can be planted in Missouri just as soon as you can work the ground. Usually in Missouri the snow is done by the end of February so I thought I was safe planting mid March...well...no such luck we had a dusting of snow the third week of March. I don't think it hurt the seeds I had already put in and if helped wetting down the paper so it
I got my shredded paper from a local company. I suggest to contact any company that may shred their paper and ask if you can recycle it. Good for the environment and great for them as it saves on trash space.
I started putting sheet paper and shredded paper down on one side of the row and then down on the other side. All subsequent rows became easier as I only had to put one row of organic matter down before planting.
Putting a 6 inch layer of raw organic matter between the rows really works, plus this layers allows you to walk in the wettest gardens without getting muddy. I was picking vegetables right after a major rain storm where it was extremely muddy and got very little mud on my shoes. Great way to garden, saves on weeding, feeds the plants as the matter decays, gets rid of garbage (re leaving the land fills) and allows all weather picking. NOTE: straw or leaves can also be used.
I will be putting in 4 additional rows of lettuce and as I pick the spinach and lettuce I will replant one more time before it is too hot to grow the cool weather plants.