Friday, November 6, 2009

The second and first garden spots and why I hate black plastic

I've decided to put a second garden back here.  Those are blueberry bushes with the pine needle mulch around the base.  It's hard to tell in this picture, but there is a good bit of grade where the berries are and the garden would be just past them.  This spot gets sun for most of the day, once it slips up from behind those trees back there and until it slips behind those tree over there.  Also, it's plenty far from the septic tank and leach field.

Our plan is to put down a few layers of newspaper this weekend and next, then cover them with compost to break down over the winter and in the early spring.  Then, I think I would try this as my tomato, cucumber, and bean garden.  I've never had gardens of the size I'm planning, not anywhere close, but my insane faith in the miracle of a seed will help me through.

The other garden spot is here.  It looks so sweet to me, all sheltered like it is.  But, as you may have already noted, that sheltered thing can be a problem.  I'm pretty sure there's enough sun, and we'll thin the trees some as we can to give more light.  These pines I was under when I took the picture are definitely going, as they shade the house and the garden.

I'm in the process of a more thorough sheet mulching in this garden.  I've layered cardboard, leaves, and compost on about half of it.  But I've gotten discouraged.  I have now spent about 12 hours removing black plastic mulch from under the turf in this space.  Under an inch or more of soil in rows all over this garden, there lies black plastic mulch.  Last weekend, I spent six hours removing it from one row where there were four layers with dirt between each layer.  I was definitely cursing whoever laid it and whoever invented it.  My sheet mulching may be ugly, but you won't be able to find it by this time next year.  Then, someone sweetly asked about whether the plastic leaches things into the soil. Great...

This will be the everything else garden.  It also seems a touch safer from frost than the open field, but the shorter amounts of sunshine matter more, I think.

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