it is 4 years now (fifth season) that I work my garden Emilia Hazelip way, that I grow food forest and tryyyyy to have a cover plant to grow out the weeds.
First in the garden: Here it is mainly impossible to get straw without seeds. So every year I struggle with grass in the garden. Then I tyed wool... don't like it at all, I shop and drop green grass and plant before seeds . This is this year so we wil se how it goes. But without returning the soil, it was supposed to grow less and less weeds. Well can't say it is working cause now, I have burdock growing in the garden that was probably under the garden years ago and now wants to come out.
Then the food forest. I put tarp on the ground, cardboard, then compost and mulch, but after a cople of months (and the season is short) grass and plants are coming back like if I did nothing. SO the minut I cut or mow a place, the enxt thing that grow is rasberries (wild) it is hawfull. I sowed vetch and clover but can't seems to have time to grow or are overwelmed by the natives.
Now I was woundering. What if I plant trees, shrubs and let nature do the rest? My forest section here is very nice. I think I will try to mimic this. And I will definitly plant trees closer than what they say....I have to say though that trees and,shrubs are doing good.
For the garden, last year. If I can't have a decent crop, I will rototilt next year and start a ¨regular¨garden. Unless you have a idea? I am out of imagination now