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Old 03-14-2013, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
I would google "no Till Gardening" by Ruth Stout. Read this book before you decide how you want to approach the whole gardening issue. We follow this method and it has been amazing.


I agree. Any place you want to start a garden instead of tilling or digging lay newspaper and cardboard down. No tilling needed. The weeds and grass will die. I don't plant seeds in this area but will put in plants. I cut through the cardboard and paper, plant then layer the top with grass clippings.

In my veg. garden if you can get enough clippings, paper and mulch you can just move it aside to plant seeds. I have a hard time getting that much and a lot of it is gone by the following spring. I do some digging in the vegetable garden when planting seeds as soon as the plants get big enough I start again with the grass clippings and paper. Where I put plants in just dig a whole and mulch it up.

Soil gets nicer and nicer every year.

It's work bringing the grass clippings to my veg. garden but so much easier keeping the weeds down.
So much easier to start your garden in this manner then having to rip up the weeds and grass, till etc.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:26 AM
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that sounds pretty cool
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:56 PM
Location: Summerville, SC
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Does this lasagna method work when preparing beds for perennial flowers?
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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Miss Red,

I am on the same path as you are. I've done a ton of research and I'm making every effort to spend as little as I can while maximizing my growth potential.

One of my biggest long-term savings came from building my own worm compost bin. I have not had to purchase fertilizer from the store since discovering the amazing properties of worm casting. The best thing is, it will cost you very little money to build and it is sustains itself providing you feed it regularly and harvest the compost every few months for use. There is very sanitary and has no foul odors.

Here is a video that will get you interested. She even keeps hers indoor.

How Does A Flow Through Worm Bin Work? - YouTube

I built mine using a storage bin, but found that it doesn't have the height to stack the compost properly like the one in the video above. So if you decide to build one, buy this trash bin instead of the storage bin shown in my instructions:
Hefty Touch Lid Trash Can, 13.3 Gallon Trash Can, Kitchen Trash Can, Black Trash Can

And here is my instructions on how to build a flow-through compost bin with rake: Building My First Vermicompost (Worm) Bin | djklmnop

I think building this should come first since it will take almost a month or so to accumulate the compost for use.

Best of luck,
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