Build Great No-Till, No-Dig Garden Beds with SHEET MULCHING!

  • April 21, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Come learn a core permaculture technique!

Called Sheet Mulching by permaculturists, Weedless Gardening by author & organic gardener Lee Reich, and Lasagna Gardening by author Patricia Lanza, this technique creates gardens without the back-breaking work of digging or soil disruption of rototilling. Furthermore, sheet mulching can be done with readily available, inexpensive (or free) materials: cardboard, newspaper, animal manure, seaweed, rotting straw...  Most importantly, this technique mimicking nature actually creates excellent soil!

We'll discuss the theory and benefits of sheet mulching, followed by some hands-on work.  We will also take a look at beds that were created over the past couple of years to see how they are doing.

Come dressed for getting dirty... boots and gloves are wise and a bug hat if you have one, just in case.  The work is NOT back-breaking, but we'll likely work up a sweat.  If you are unable to do the work part of it, you can just watch, but you'll get more out of participating.

There is a cost of $5-15, sliding scale, payable at the workshop.

Children are very welcome at this event, supervised by their participating adult, I'm sure we can find ways for them to help as well!

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  • Samantha G.

    Amy, what was the bag of stuff (minerals or what have you) that you bought to add to the sheet mulching? Doing what we can today. :) Okay, you got me. Brett's doing it and I am "supervising". LOL 6 more weeks!

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Amy A

      Azomite is the trace mineral product I've been using. I get it through the NOFA bulk order in the winter/spring, but I think some feed stores either have it or can order it.

      May 15, 2013

  • Staci

    Thanks so much for sharing your home and knowledge with us, Amy & Steve! I was feeling so frustrated with all the roots, stumps and rocks in my garden-to-be, like it was a completely impossible task for the techniques with which I was familiar. Now I feel so encouraged, armed with all this wonderful information. It makes so much sense! Sorry I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, I had to make my get-away while Eliot was not entranced with the sweet goat babies!
    Thanks again!!

    April 22, 2013

  • Samantha G.

    This was awesome!! Thanks for doing it Amy. Brett and I are stoked to do this. We are also glad we heard the part about deep cleaning chicken coops. This is our first year with chickens and we didn't know about that. We are totally doing that. AND your "kids" were super cute!!!

    April 22, 2013

    • Amy A

      On the chickens - it's called the "deep litter" method and we've found it to work great. If you google that term I'm sure you'll find more good info on it and pics and such.

      1 · April 22, 2013

    • Samantha G.

      ^^^^ So full of awesome.

      April 22, 2013

  • Sara

    Amy is a wonderful resource who has a great knack for running Meetups and sharing knowledge. I am grateful to learn from her as well as other members of the group.

    April 22, 2013

  • Annie C.

    Great class & great info about local seaweed collection!

    April 22, 2013

  • Julie Z.

    Thank you for all the information, it was great to understand the whys and then actually see and DO the how's.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the class! You made it all look surprisingly easy. Can't wait to try this at home.

    April 22, 2013

  • Carlton S.

    This was great! Looking forward to getting started with sheet mulching, myself. Getting to go outside, see the beds from years past and actually help in building a new one, seeing how straight-forward it is, was excellent and I think really made me feel like "hey, I can totally do this". Going over the benefits beforehand was also great.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Annie C.

    and an infant

    February 22, 2013

    • Annie C.

      we will be a little late!

      April 21, 2013

    • Amy A

      I missed this earlier - but thanks for trying to give us a heads up! In any case, it's just good that you made it! Sorry I barely got to chat with you - I hope to at another event!!

      April 21, 2013

  • Christine M.

    Loved the hands on aspect. To see how easy it was to put together was inspiring.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Laura W.

    I've got an acute case planting fever. ;-p

    April 20, 2013

  • Carrie H.

    Oh no...unfortunately our plans have changed and I won't be able to make this. I hope you will offer it again sometime! Have fun!

    March 21, 2013

    • Amy A

      Sorry you can't make it, Carrie!

      April 14, 2013

  • Anna K.

    Hi Amy, I am really disappointed that I will not be able to attend this meetup. Please remove me from the list. Anna K

    March 20, 2013

    • Amy A

      I'll miss having you, Anna!!

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    50-50% chance of getting my 6 year old son to attend with me.

    February 22, 2013

    • Amy A

      He's very welcome!

      March 8, 2013

  • Jean H.

    Hi Amy, just realized I have a conflict that day, I will actually be in Virginia so that won't work :(

    March 8, 2013

    • Amy A

      So sorry we won't see you then!

      March 8, 2013

  • Cassandra C.

    Hey Amy when are you opening this up?

    February 22, 2013

    • Amy A

      Just opened it up - thanks for the reminder!! Hope to see you there!

      1 · February 22, 2013

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