Beau Lacefield, setting down the first cardboard

I know Bermuda grass
has its good qualities.
For one thing, it grows well
here.
But we don’t want it everywhere
anymore.
And so we are very grateful
to learn about sheet-mulching.
After putting some minerals—
bone meal, blood meal, gypsum,
green or red lava sand, manure, compost—
on the Bermuda grass,
and some molasses (for the worms)
on one side of a piece of cardboard,
you simply put the cardboard molasses-side down
onto the Bermuda grass,
then spread more manure on top of the cardboard
and cover it with about six inches of straw.
Let it sit for a year,
while that microbial community develops
down there in the dark
(where no light can get to the grass.)
Next year, we’ll add more organic matter
and plant a nitrogen-fixing cover crop.
And that next spring,
we’ll plant a garden.
Not only will there be no Bermuda grass,
but the soil
will be alive.


David Walden expanding the sheet-mulching tarea for a new garden