I’m officially eating all my veggies from the garden, except when I want corn on the cob, what? I can’t even grow zucchini, let alone corn...
Remember that garden bed I made on the south facing slope. Those sunflowers planted themselves and grew themselves. There's also tomatoes that planted themselves, they even have baby, still green, tomatoes. A tomatillo planted itself and a winter squash.
The seeds came from the not very well composted stuff I used to make one of the layers in the sheet mulch. The things I planted, chives, lemon balm , haskap shrub, 3 types of thyme, sorrel and comfrey are lush and green too, not that you would know it since at first glance it just looks like sunflowers.
Making a garden bed like this is easy
you will need, unfinished compost, newspaper or cardboard, water, finished compost, plants- perennials and annuals, ability to let nature do the work for you.
1)In northern gardens the best time to do this is late fall or early spring.
1) Pick a spot for the garden.
2)lay down layers of newspaper or pieces of cardboard directly on the ground, the approximate shape of the new garden. Don't worry about grass or other things that are growing there, they will be killed.
3) Soak the paper or cardboard with water to keep it from blowing away and to help it decompose.
4)cover paper with a deep layer of unfinished compost, pile it up, use everything organic you have, even if it is fresh. The deeper the pile the better.
5) Cover the unfinished stuff with a thick layer of finished compost, at least 6 inches (15cm).
6) Plant the plants close together. You want the plant roots to anchor the soil so it doesn't erode away, especially if you are planting on a slope like I did.
7) Water plants deeply to get them started growing. I water the Haskap shrub weekly, the other stuff depends on nature for water.