The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Sheet Mulching steps (from Gaia's Garden p. 72)

Sheet Mulching steps (from Gaia's Garden p. 72)

Elaine
user 3022592
Portland, ME
Post #: 13
Send an Email Post a Greeting
Here are my notes which I agreed to share during our meeting tonight. Tom correctly said any good mulching will work, but this is called --

The Ultimate, Bomb-Proof Sheet Mulch
in and from -- Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway p. 72

1. Water area a lot & let it soak overnight.

2. Slash vegetation. Don't pull up weeds; just whack everything down in place. Remove woody pieces.

3. Add soil amendments -
If acid - lime
If alkaline - gypsum or sulfur Dusting of rock phosphate or bonemeal will supply phosphorous

Add trace minerals: greensand, kelp meal, or rock dust. (Get soil test)
Fedco Azomite A-Z Trace Minerals.

4. If soil is clayey or compact, poke holes with spading fork. (Don't turn earth)

5. Add thin layer of high-nitrogen material:
manure, blood or cottonseed meal, fresh grass clippings or other lush greens, or cast-off produce from restaurants or markets.

(If concentrated matter like rabbit manure or blood meal sprikle just to cover soil.
Grass clippings or bedding-rich manure -- about 1 inch thick.

NOW PUT THE SHEET MULCH:
6. Cardboard overlapped by 6 " and/or newspaper ¼ to ½ Inch thick. Wet these thoroughly. Don't walk on it.

7. Add another thin layer of nitrogen-rich manure, meal or fresh green clippings.

8. Pour on bulk mulch about 8 to 12 inches of loose straw, hay, leaves, seaweed,
Bales of hay or straw don't have to be fluffed up. Just break into thin "books" about 1 to 2 inches thick & lay down 3 to 9 inches of this.
Keep 10 - 1 carbon to nitrogen ration. e.g. If straw or esp woodchavings, -- add manure or blood meal
or "dilute" with clover hay, seaweed or grass clippings or other high nitrogen.
Keep watering, -- damp but not wet. Look for wrung-out sponge state.

9. For the seedbed, -- add 1 - 2 inches compost. or Compost plus soil to reach final thickness.

10. Final layer to get 'finished look' : 2 inches of weed-and seed-free organic matter: straw, leaves, fine bark, wood shavings, sawdust, pine needles, grain hulls (nut husks) or seagrass.
Powered by mvnForum

Optional Support Donation

$12.00 per year

This covers: web site, communications, event organizing costs to keep this group going!

Payment is accepted using:

  • PayPal
  • Cash or check - “If you prefer to send a check or money order in support of this group, pls make payable to "The Resilience Hub" 224 Anderson Street, Portland Maine 04101

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Log in

Not registered with us yet?

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy