Cardboard time

Is your garden winter ready?

Yesterday, I laid cardboard over a bare patch in the herb garden. The idea is to stop weeds seeding there over winter.


Last year, I put compost over cardboard in another area and ended up with a mini field of chard, which was great as a one-off. I’m not keen on the herb garden transforming into a chard garden, no doubt peppered with rocket, next year, so I will forego the temptation to mulch this time round. Unless it is with something guaranteed weed-free, like coffee grounds.

Now, that actually might be a good idea. The cardboard-covered hugel bed does need a nitrogen boost, considering that the wood, which I hope is decomposing, might still be drawing nitrogen from the soil. For the time being, though, I think I will continue to use the grounds on the garlic hugel bed instead.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Cardboard time

  1. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

  2. andy1076 says:

    Now there is an idea I can try for my yard 😊 thankee! 😊

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