Trying to get all my thoughts in a row so we can get our yards prepped this fall for planting in the spring. Front, back and one side yard will all be transformed into food if only I can get my thoughts inline. Ive been reading so much on the subjects of lawn to food, permaculture, urban farming and organics I could almost write up my own book!
The background on the yards is that we've been here for over 10 years and have done nothing other than mow, remove a couple of trees and loosing a battle to kill off roses (heavy pruning (which I think they like way too much) and mowing). No chemicals used at all
So to get started on the front yard Im currently thinking of doing it lasagna style; leaving the grass where it lays, adding 6-10 layers of wet newspaper, add a bit of compost (not our own yet will need to purchase), then a layer of yard chips (which I hope to get from the electric co).
As I hope to have this done mid to late Oct, would it be too late to try and sow a green manure for added bonus needed for the spring crops? I was hoping that I could just spread seed over the mulch and what happens, happens.
The back yard gets the bob-cat treatment as we get to remove a bunch of dirt to get to the fun leftovers from a remodel. Contractor didnt take much out, just buried it. Makes it hard to plan and plant a good garden. Im hoping I can sift through most of the dirt and keep most but also planning on adding purchased compost to get started.
Lots to do for next spring!