Winterizing the garden!
1. Make everyone go outside and start stomping on the existing plants. No need to uproot or weed or take rocks out. Don't even change the little ones out of their church clothes, trust me. Just toss 'em all out there.
2. While your husband does all the real work, act like it's crucial that you take pictures of the dried sunflowers. Encourage your kids to help you so that your hubby has to do the work all by himself.
4. Now it's time to soak the ground. Give the hose to your unsuspecting children then run inside and start your much anticipated candyfest. You've never had it so good!
5. Layer time! We did it this way because a) it's called Lasagna Gardening (thank you for the link, Cari!) and that name is just too fun to ignore b) it's free (no purchasing of chemical fertilizers, thankyouverymuch) and c) we're lazy. This method requires no weeding and no tilling. Su-WEET.
So after soaking the ground, layer newspaper or cardboard directly over your weedy mess. Then soak the paper/cardboard with that same hose. And by "soak" I of course mean "make someone else soak. 'Cause duh, you're inside having your special mommy treat.
6. On top of the soaking wet cardboard goes your compost. Well, that's what we did because that's what we had. I don't even know what peat moss is and I certainly don't have stashes of seaweed. Intermittently holler out the door that your hubby is awesome for doing all this whilst he and the small people get covered in mud and water and decomposing organic matter.
7. Chicken poop time.
8. Did you remember to send your big kids over to the front yard to start raking up maple and birch leaves? 'Cause you're gonna need 'em. Dried leaves on top of soiled chicken bedding on top of compost on top of cardboard, every layer wet, wet, wet in between.
9. Take lots of pictures. It will make you seem super too busy to actually touch a rake or a hoe (I said hoe. Hehehehehe...).
10. Now just leave it over the winter and let nature take its course. The fall rain and winter snow will continue to hydrate your fertilizer cake and the worms and organisms and critters all around you will naturally gravitate to all that yummy rotted food and bird poop. It's a great system for
lazy responsible people like you and I, and in the spring you can plant right into it without even tilling or digging or anything.
I can't wait!
|We live on a dirt road. My kids ain't got no shame.|