Last year, I posted an article about double-digging, and how to turn some problem soil rapidly into a healthy garden that you could plant right away. Well, summer has flown by, and although I double-dug a new strawberry patch large enough for 100 strawberry plants (which are doing great, by the way) there is another old patch of garden that I started several years ago, and then abandoned because the soil was just hard clay, and I planned to amend it “next year.” Well, yes, another next year has come and is rapidly going, and I managed to keep the weeds down before they went to seed, but there were just too many other projects that took priority over that old garden. This time, I pledged to make a preemptive strike! I am going to start a large-scale sheet composting operation and make the garden a lovely warm winter meal of lasagna!
Sheet mulching is a permaculture technique that utilizes alternating
layers of different types of compost materials. By alternating your
“greens” (nitrogen-rich, fresh plant material like grass clippings and
kitchen peelings) and “browns” (older, dry material like leaves or
straw) you can create compost right on top of the garden, where it is