Id like to hear from you about my garden I put in. The neighbors are
apparently baffled by it. I'm not 100 % sure either . I will give you a
brief description and why I did this. And criticism will be greatly
appreciated. This is the first garden I've put in in about 10 years. I
gave up because I bought horse manure and the weeds from it overran my
garden year after year and I couldn't kill them off. Primarily morning
glories that choked my plants and made a jungle . I became motivated by
the No work garden book by Ruth Stout.
The garden is 30 by 16. Its tilled horse manure at least 15 years old. I
put 4 bales of hay on it a month ago. And spread it around . 3 lbs of
10-10-10 fertilizer and made 4 rows of garden fabric 4 feet wide. And laid
them with two inches spaces between them. And I have treated timbers
covering every edge of the fabric. So it wont move or blow away.
I pick up one side of the fabric , spread the hay aside. and put plants in
. Then cut a hole in the fabric so the plants will fit through the fabric.
. Wherever I want the plants at. Then I put the fabric back down and the
timbers to hold it.
It is a bit time consuming to do this. To get the plants in and the holes
cut in the right place. But weed control has been a major issue here.
The fabric is for weed control. The hay is there to turn to mulch for next
year. And was my original plan for weed control. I didn't know it didn't
work on morning glories until I got Ruth Stouts later books. So I added
I bought two flats of plants
The Rows are east to west.
Row 1 is north.
Row 1 has 36 corn plants about 1 foot apart in three rows. And 3 tomato
plants 3 foot apart centered.
Row 2 has 10 tomato plants about 3 foot apart
On row 3. I cut the fabric lengthwise down the middle and put in 6 eggplants
, 2 foot apart. And four pepper plants about 2 foot apart.
Outside the fabric rows . Far south. In the soil I put in about 40 onion
sets. And I have a 2 foot section about 25 feet long left over.
And the 2 inch spaces between the rows for other plants. I'm not sure
what to put in there but I'm out of plants. I have Beet , broccoli, and
carrot seeds I could put in there. I've got sugar, snow peas and provider
bean seeds too.
The rest of the flats. and the partial sun items lettuce, celery, more
onion sets I put in another small rough soil plot by the house as it gets
I did the fabric technique three years in a row and it works pretty good.
But not with the hay under it. I've not ever used hay before. This is my
main concern. Will the hay do something bad sitting there all year under
the garden fabric. Or am I ok.
Id really like to have a continuous mulch garden and put on 6 inches of hay
every fall. And let it sit and compact through the winter.
And I was going to just cover the plot for the year and kill everything off
and start next year.
But I came up with this idea.
I haven't left much out.
Anything wrong with what I did.