Set up your own garden – Garden beds

The best technique I’ve tried when starting new gardening beds is the lasagna method or the no-dig method. The idea is simple: you put down cardboard or old newspapers, straight on the grass where you want your bed to be. You cover the cardboard with straw, manure and all the compostable materials you can get your hands on: coffee grounds, egg peels, old vegetables… On top of this you can add some more manure and top it off with a fine layer of soil (store bought is great, but I use soil that I find in my garden and that works too). What you want is a good mixture of materials that will trick the earthworms upwards to munch on all the compostable material you added and then turn it into dark and nutritious soil. For extra great result, I try to find manure packed with worms already. They will love their new environment and boost up the decomposing in a few month.

I still haven’t got a garden compost: I compost directly into a new gardening bed.
I have a few of these moveable pallet boxes. I move them around when I want to create a new bed. I lift them away to a new place when the bed is done.
My car is filled with horse manure, just like Biff Tannen’s car!
This is how I set up a new gardening bed.
I add cardboard or other nitrogen materials (brown compostables) to suffocate the grass underneath.
I add hay, straw, manure, leaves, grass clippings… the wetter, the better.
The best straw is already semi-decomposted.
Horse dung is usually filled with worms already, in which case they will work the materials from the ground up and from the top down.
More straw is never bad 🙂
Leftover vegetables going moldy, coffee grounds, garden soil, more manure, some water…. you can’t go wrong here!
Top of the bed with some fine soil from your garden or store bought. If you add about 5-10 cm you can grow straight into that.

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