Catie George wrote:
My plan right now is to kill grass in a large sunny area with multiple layers of large pieces of wet cardboard, and poke holes for seedlings, and throw on whatever organic matter we can scrounge in lasagna layers. I plant to dig, turn, and rake out weeds/grass to start a bed for onions, carrots, and other fine-seed plants. Mom still has snow, and I am self isolating for a few more days before I head home, so it's not going to be dug for a week or two yet!
How do you start new gardens? What are your plans for new gardens this year?
Timothy Markus wrote:
If you're not in London, chickens are the answer to starting new gardens. I've penned hens into temp runs where I wanted gardens and they kill the grass and weeds, dig up all the grubs, and fertilise too. I found that hens could prep about a square foot a day. Best and easiest garden prep ever. Once the garden's established, I let them in for the last hour or so before sunset and they'd eat the bugs for me too.
I lived in KW for years and spent the rest of my time around London. Where abouts are you? Don't worry if you don't want to say. I moved to Murray Corner NB last year. Love it here though the 'yotes come right up to my door.
Catie George wrote:For removing the sod - I've been using an edger and a digging fork. A digging fork is similar to a pitch fork, but instead of being used to toss things, it's used to lever things out of the ground. Also good for potatos, etc
Annie Collins wrote:
I saw the below video a couple of days ago. He shows a wonderful tool, and how to use it, to remove sod. If nothing else, the donkeys in it are worth the watch
Catie George wrote: I use a string line, because I can't sow a straight row (or cut sod in a straight line, but that's beside the point) to save my soul.