Allotment symbiosis

Hej everyone! The chicken tasted great thank you for asking! Very lemony and yummy and all the surrounding veggies also got a nice acidity which I balanced out with some sour cream mixed with parsley. First time in a while that I felt food-happy.  Today the sun decided to make a guest appearance and mingled with the clouds, so we went to the plot and continued our sheet mulching venture. The lawnmower man had been at it again and we have collected tons of grassclippings and fallen leaves. Last time we were there we hade pretty much taken all the compost material that  our alotment neighbours had thrown in the line of trees next to our plot. Pretty much everyone throws it there so alot of it had accumulated. This time it was again refilled, since it’s autumn people are uprooting all the dead plants to have naked beds. Don’t do that! Just leave them on the ground and they will give back all the nutrition they have sucked out of the soil. Today I have a different type of recipe for you!


a bunch of newspaper

organic material

grass clippings

On your weed/plant covered garden bed, uproot everything but leave it on the garden bed. Add organic material (such as small twigs, compost, straw, manure, compost soil, leaves, grass, old plants, seaweed etc) and spread out over the bed until it is a 30 cm thick layer. On top of this put newspapers. They should cover everything so that no weeds can come up through them. (The newspapers kill everything underneath since they allow no sun to come through). On top of the newspapers put grassclippings or some other seedless organic material. Leave until spring and enjoy perfect, weedless soil and absolutely no digging!

So basically what sheet mulching is, is making your whole garden into a compost meaning you don’t have to dig and transport the soil but just make it on the spot and at the same time avoid weeds. Does it work? Stay tuned for more plotting for independence!

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7 thoughts on “Allotment symbiosis

  1. cmmarcum says:

    The smaller you break your pieces, the faster it will compost. You can also add kitchen scraps. If you are afraid of attracting animals, you can keep kitchen scraps in a container until they are no longer desirable snacks for pests. Coffee grounds, eggshells and old dirt can also be used. Do use dairy products, meat or salad dressings.

    I am a beginning gardener and have just made my first compost pile. It’s amazing to turn garbage into Black Gold.

  2. n says:

    can it be done even in the absence of Swedish winter? perhaps by the Equator… 😉

  3. slevertina says:

    Of course you can make the lasagna! It will go even better for you and much much faster than in tedious Sweden. So go go go! Also if you make holes in the newspaper you can just start planting right away. Or put a seed in some poop and put the poop in a hole in the newspaper. Yes gardening is nasty business!

  4. […] I am in Ecuador! In Puerto Engabao on the coast were my good friend has opened up a hostel.  She wants an edible garden and who do you call when you want a garden? Me so I can tell Rachid. And so here we are, in som sort of dry tropics (contradictory I know) by the sea where you can grow practically anything that is delicous. Rachids dream come true! (This blog is sponsored by Rachid) So yes, and I’m here too, pretending I know and care but really just getting lost in litterature and hammock hanging. And childcare of course. But still, looking and thinking at an about the garden is filling me with joy, let’s see how the work feels. So it’s gonna be a permaculture garden, of course. It actually already has a banana circle and Rachid went and picked donkey poop and dried grass from our extremely ugly surroundings consisting of just that. But soon the rains will fall and appearantly everything will turn green in accordance with ones image of south american coast lines. So first thing to do, as always in permaculture is to design and mulch. […]

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