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View Diary: Introduction to Ecological Gardening pt. V: Basic Garden Ecology- Polycultures (39 comments)

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  •  I will look up sheet composting (0+ / 0-)

    Any suggestions for reference works on this topic?

    •  Look up Lasagna Gardening (0+ / 0-)

      for a book on the subject, but it is really just applying any good compostable 'brown' material- leaves, straw- with alternating layers of nitrogen source- manure, fresh grass clippings - and some household garbage- fruit and veggie peels, no meat or fats.

      You want to shoot for around a 12" deep sheet- do this thru the summer and the fall, top off with a layer of leaves and pine needles, let it mellow thru the winter and then plant your baby plantlets down thru the mulch- do not till, but pull mulch back an inch from your plants.

      Stand back and watch your garden shoot for the stratosphere.

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