Quote (thesnipa @ Nov 23 2020 09:35am)
yes i used to be the same, most soil in least amount of time. watered more, turned daily, etc. but it wore me out.
i have filled all of my raised beds with my compost. 4 feet x 6 feet x 2.5 feet. and i have 8 of them now.
in fall i lawn mow leaves down into a shredded pile, and put them in the empty raised beds, let sit all winter.
remove in spring and mix with compost, then in base of raised bed i put a large 1 foot diameter core of organic material. branches, wood chips, old plan stalks, etc.
cover in leaves, compost, and some soil. i plant fruit trees, and generally have a good pile of soil left aside. as well as last years compost from planters i use for potatoes, broccoli, carrots, etc.
have filled all of my raised beds this way with incredible results.
looking to fill in the niches in my garden, so there isnt room for weeds to pop up, i want to fill in the spaces that nature has available.
for example i want to grow peppers under my fruit trees,
or a better example would be fruit tree, then under that fruit tree, a coffee tree, then a pepper, and herb, and ground cover, and vine layer, all in one space. Guild planting/ or companion planting
nice im trying to concentrate on variety and density right now. gardening is all anual crops it seems, and thats not at all how nature does it
i am trying to get more perennials in my garden, have stuff growing year round, i also like to make hugelkultur mounds for raised beds downside of my swale. but its not boxed up, they are open and i grow on the sides and the tops of the mounds
i want to stack layers of plants.
density density density
im not a big fan of digging to mix, as i hardly see this occur in nature, i am a huge fan of just adding more layers.
i only do that if i have to amend soil to make it good, once i have good soil i let it stays right where it wants to, undisturbed beneath the surface.
i just throw out rye seed for a winter covercrop, i believe its right to have plants growing inbetween your grow season, keep the root systems active and the soil alive. -- the cover method is still much better than none! i like to call it Living mulch