Sheet mulch over no till beds

Sheet mulch over no till beds

This certainly isn’t the most colorful picture of my garden. But it took a little effort to sheet mulch these permanent rows. I use no-till methods. So one thing I never want is bare soil. In the fall each of these rows was covered in hay, daylily tops and  a layer of leaves.  Eash line of fence posts supports 2 x 6 wooden lumber lengths. This allows me to have permanent rows running east to west on this bed that slopes slightly downhill to the south. That means I am always walking in the same paths and never compacting soil in the beds. The fence posts also allow me to easily support those flowers and plants that require support. Bailing twine needs to be replaced each year, but it is a lot faster to put up supports when I don’t have to put in the upright posts each time.

 

About two thirds of my rows are used for perennials. This is one of the two perennial areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

raised beds in winter

raised beds in winter

I only have a few small raised beds. This used to be the kids play yard with  swing set. Then it was a fenced in area to put things deer wanted to eat. Now that we have deer fencing, that is less important. It still has a few small raised beds and some gardening areas.

barn and flower beds in winter

barn and flower beds in winter

 

 

This is a view of the barn from the house.

Blueberry Patch

Blueberry Patch

This is the blueberry batch and the house.

Finally, you might be wondering where I get so many leaves to mulch such a large area. I live in a forest. This is a picture of the side yard that runs along the drive.

side yard in winter

side yard in winter