Discussion and demonstration of sheet mulching for berry and food production using free cardboard and hay from local sources. There is a lot more information available on the internet and in books on this, but I thought a video showing my application might help people see how easy and accessible it is.
Wowwwie.. Thanks for this. Yes their is info on the web, but this is fantastic. I haven't been doing my cardboard right. I was laying it out like a puzzle, fitting the edges together. My hay goes from green to rotting, but I thought I was supposed to add different kinds of leaves, for more nutrients.. I was told 3 inches, but by the time I get enough cuttings on the pile has shrunk. . ..
The more material you can feed under the sheet mulch / cardboard before you begin the better I'd say.&nbsp; If you have a ton of old leaves / manure / unfinished compost you could apply to the ground before you mulched, the better off you'd be.&nbsp; You just want to make sure it's a weed seed free material you cover the cardboard with.<br />
Glad this video was helpful to you! So yeah, the cardboard should always overlap at least 6 inches, if you have a ton of it available, the more the overlap, the better, it really goes a long way in weed supression. when they are next to each other there will be weeds at those spots for sure. You can certainly add a lot of leaves, finished compost, grass clippings, etc., under the cardboard if you wanted to increase fertility. That's always a bonus but not critical for it to work. Best of luck!
I love how melodic and soothing your voice is. I had to listen to your video a few times in order to concentrate on what you were telling me. lol, great video, great voice, really nice hands! I'm assuming you're not in a high wind area. Is the purpose of this to retain moisture, attract worms, reduce weeds, and then you'll till it all under in a few years to add tilth? Would this help after a few years of decomposing, to loosen clay soil that has been compacted from livestock and tractors? I am a late blooming gardner and have been soaking up as much info as I can here and on &quot;Daves Garden&quot; as well. Thanks for making an old ladie's heart flutter :)<br />
Well thanks for the nice comments suezq...!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;So I&nbsp;don't have any intention of tilling any of this under in the future.&nbsp; The idea is to use it as a tool to get rid of the need to till... It supresses all the weeds for you, and I'm not sure exactly if it would help with a tight clay soil, but I&nbsp;would assume so.&nbsp; In that scenario I&nbsp;might put down a lot more unfinished compost / hay / manure *under*&nbsp;the cardboard to give the worms a lot to eat and move through the clay, and increase organic life under there.<br /> &nbsp;I hope the process makes sense and that it can help you with your projects!<br /> <br /> Best,<br /> Sean<br />
Approximately how long does that last?&nbsp; Very informative video, thanks!<br />
Not sure there is a definitive answer for that.&nbsp; How long does the weed supression last?... about a solid growing season or two.&nbsp; How long does it help improve soil health and tilth... seemingly for years.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;The trick is to not look at it as a time based solution, but see it as the start of setting the space in motion in a new direction.&nbsp; You sheet mulch, then you plant in the species you want so when the weed suppression fades, the plants are already really well established.&nbsp; Hope this answer helps, hope you give it a shot!<br />
True, but I&nbsp;also have to look at it in a I-have-a-bad-back-will-I-have-to-replace-this-once-a-month point of view also ;)&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I&nbsp;was considering using this instead of weed barrier cloth under raised beds, because the weed barrier cloth they make these days has misprints on the packaging.&nbsp; It does not &quot;last 20 years&quot;, more like 20 days before it's shredded and weeds are poking through.&nbsp; This seems to me that it would last longer, although I&nbsp;am concerned about earwigs moving in and calling it home . . . I'll just have to play around with it in a few months when spring arrives and see how it goes!&nbsp; Thanks again!<br />

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