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School Gardens Update: Swallowed By Grass

“Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is immortal.” ~ John James Ingalls

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The Layers of Community

On Saturday, we hosted our Permablitz! (See “more before” photos here.)  Over 20 people came to our yard and worked together on projects such as installing rain barrels, building a composting system from pallets, building a fire circle, and creating five more  growing beds for future fruit trees, raspberry bushes, & hazelnut bushes, and one bed for flowers & herbs.   544 more words


Week 4: Cardboard

Sheet Mulching is a method of creating no-dig garden beds by layering compost materials to suppress weeds and grasses and improve the soil. It is especially useful when converting a relatively large grassy area, like we had, into cultivable land with little equipment or machinery. 510 more words


Before and After

Today was one of those amazing blue sky days that winter graces us with from time to time.  There was not a cloud to be seen and not even a puff of wind.  967 more words

Sarah The Gardener

Goodbye Lawn, Hello Garden

Have you ever tried to kill your grass (without chemicals) in order to start a garden? Grass is very resilient…it might be slowed for a few weeks, but it bounces back stronger than ever, thwarting your efforts to replace it with edible options. 526 more words


in which i deal with a lot of crap

extending some of the garden beds this year by a technique called “lasagna” or “back to eden” or “sheet” mulching, which is really just “pile all of the scraps, yard waste and chicken sh*t into a pile and wait for it to decompose over a bed of cardboard” mulching. 10 more words

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