Mike Haasl wrote:
My notion is to lay out brown cardboard where the garden will be. Soak it down really well and add 2-4" deep rows of soil and wood chips on the cardboard. Soil rows about 2.5' wide, wood chips about 18". Then mulch the soil with grass clippings throughout the summer (never more than 1" thick). Seeds could be started in the soil and by the time their roots get to the cardboard they'll poke right through (I think?). For transplants you'd cut through the cardboard and plant the seedlings, possibly mounding up the soil or digging down into the dead turf a bit.
Any thoughts on my "notion"?
Any other ways to start a Victory Garden from turf (especially one focused on food for this year)?
Mike Haasl wrote:Cool report S! So could you plant seeds (lettuce, peas, beets, etc) right into the decomposing grass layer?
Am I understanding you correctly, you put 24" of grass clippings on the cardboard? Or did you mean 2-4"?
Nicole Alderman wrote: I've been meaning to share pictures of the last garden bed I made. I wanted the potatoes in contact with soil, so I "just" flipped the sod over. It only took maybe 2 hours, but definetly was harder than I was expecting--lots of digging and flipping!
This is why even in places that are "no codes", reading what national/international codes are, and emulating the intent, even if you can't or feel it isn't necessary to follow them precisely, it is good to build better than what the codes require. "No Code" usually meant isolated, therefor far away from hospitals and fire departments. Electrocuting one's self or blowing yourself up is considered bad form. Hubby was trying to reach a friend this morning. The friend answered his cell and admitted he was being driven to the hospital for stitches - nothing life-threatening, but a good reminded to please play safe!
Nicole Alderman wrote:And, these wires aren't always down deep, either! When I was making the garden by our well house, digging by hand to get some weeds out, I encountered electrical wire just 4 or 6 inches below the soil level!
Emilie McVey wrote:I, too, am jealous of you folks in warmer climes. We had some unseasonably warm days in February and early March, here in central Pennsylvania, and I was fooled into setting out snap peas and onion sets. They didn't make it, alas, as the freezing temps and damp came back.
My house gets very little natural light, so I can't even sprout seeds. All the talk here makes me want to get out there and dig!! Soon....
Have fun out there!
Pearl Sutton wrote:And after posting to watch for underground utilities earlier today, thinking about it because we decided not to do one neighbor's place where we had planned to, this was in my yard. The place I'm clearing had a pool at one point, I'd say it had a pump. And there were no breakers labeled about it, and this house is wired horribly (the outlet I have my computers on turns out to be on the Ground Fault Interrupt of a bathroom....) so I powered down the whole place, and treated it as if it were a hot line as I cut and capped it. Will enclose it in a waterproof box and bury it deep. No telling where it hooks into this house, there's no place that looks like a connection. Whee!