Step 3: Break Ground and Add Amendments

I used a roto tiller to break ground.  The house was built in 1949, and I doubt that there had been anything but grass at this site, so it took some effort.  When the ground was tilled, I shoveled compost on top and allowed it to decompose for about two weeks.  The compost I added was from a local garden show, and it was the consistency of rich potting soil with tulip stems and flowers (and the occasional bulb).
Great initiative! <br> <br>One way you can save yourself a TON of work is by sheet mulching over your grass. That way you don't need to remove the sod and it makes crazy healthy soil underneath! <br> <br>If you don't know what that is, you take cardboard, remove the tape and staples, soak it and lay it on the grass. Then cover that with straw. <br> <br>This video will explain the idea. He grows potatoes, but you can use anything. <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1OShZZUt0k <br> <br>This is another video which demonstrates sheet mulching and is very inspiring actually. <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWHSzGDItBA
I adore your out of the box thinking and linking your project with a game, simply wonderful!
Love it! Your garden looks great!

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