Sheet Mulching Update: Nine Months Later

In October of 2011 I was the host of a Sheet Mulching Workshop in my own front yard. It’s been nine months, and I’ve learned a few things about managing this new bed.

Rabbits love it. It doesn’t have the protection my fully fenced in back yard has, so they nibble at everything that tempts them. I’ve lost my beans, the lower branches of my cosmos, the sunflower plants, and a few other hapless transplants. Next year I will have to plant only those things that are of no interest to bunnies.

Weeds love it. We’ve had so much rain this year that this bed has become home for every sort of weed imaginable. This is undoubtedly because of the material used to form the sheets of mulch; any viable seeds in the mix had the perfect conditions to germinate. I’m hopeful that next year will be less arduous.

Above-the-ground plants love it. I couldn’t plant any below ground crops because there was still significant composting to occur, but anything that likes to be in nice warm sunny soil with plenty of moisture and nutrition did very well.

Here are some photos from start to finish.

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What’s Blooming in July: a Look at my Zone 3 Garden

Cosmos

A lovely bunch of bees have made my back garden a part of their evening tour. I’m flattered. They buzz from Dahlias to Cosmos, but particularly enjoy the Allium. Perhaps it’s the smell, or maybe the bright pink flowers that attracts them to this relative of garlic and chives. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as they enjoy my garden and make themselves at home. Buzz buzz.