With the pandemic keeping us socially distanced and largely at home, you may be thinking about transforming your outdoor space into a garden. Having gone through this in 2014, I thought I'd share some practical advice to hopefully save you some time and effort.
Tip #1: Don't dig...mulch!
|Sheet mulch in progress. Notice the new material is simply placed on top of the old (brown) grass|
The white powder is a combination of gypsum & azomite, which puts minerals back into the soil that have been gradually leached away over time. The dark brown is compost. The top layer is wood chip.
- Compost - this one is a green waste product
- Wood Chips - you'll want a natural wood product - specifically not bark
|Dumpster-diving for cardboard.|
Tip #2: Let plants do the work
Tip #3: Design for water efficiency
|The red lines outline the new rain well|
|Heavy machinery is required.|
|Required rain well depth is calculated based on the size of the roof, a soil perc test and rain water estimates.|
|A big mess.|
|Rain well dig complete.|
|Wood chips added to the basin to absorb water.|
|The highest water level ever reached (Dec. 2014)|