Beau Lacefield, setting down the first cardboard

I know Bermuda grass
has its good qualities.
For one thing, it grows well
But we don’t want it everywhere
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