No dig garden in 3 months

by Leanne
(Greenbelt, Ontario, Canada)

I am creating somewhat of a raised bed garden, depending how much compost I get, and I would like to kill the grass and prevent weeds. I am laying down and building at the beginning of May.

If I lay down newspaper will it decompose on time to allow for the plant roots to penetrate the ground and anchor into the ground below? The soil in the ground is a lovely condition.

I'm also worried about the winds drying out my plants, because it is a very windy area.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank-you.

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Jun 02, 2013
Lots of newspaper or cardboard NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I lay down newspaper (black & white) and/or cardboard when I am establishing a new bed where I don't want to dig up all the grass. I find that newspaper works well if you put down a VERY thick layer of it, or else it will break down too fast and grass will spring through it.

I also thoroughly "water" the cardboard/newspaper before placing soil/compost on it. I just did this for my pumpkin patch about a week ago, and in about a week when the roots get to cardboard level it should be weak enough to let the roots shoot through and the worms come up.

Good luck!

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