PLAN, PLAN, PLAN AHEAD Understand your site Lifestyle Needs What food has value for you Reality Cycles of crops
Understand your site Do a site Map Learn what your soil is and what has been applied to the soil Chemical applications ie: roundup, Preen, Crossbow Know where animals interact and use the yard Dogs Cats Squirrels Chickens
SITE ANALYSIS Sun /shade Wind Soil Hardscapes Trees Neighbor s trees Flow: access points To harvest
Do a soils test Learn what type of soil you are dealing with What it needs to be feed Calcium/lime GENERAL RULES #1 COMPOST, COMPOST, COMPOST #2 ORGANIC FERTILIZER
KEY STEPS TO GOOD SOIL PREP AMEND SOILS WITH CLEAN COMPOST GOOD SOIL INTERGRATION SHEET MULCHING for Bed preparation = Less labor
Bed Prep with Lasagna Gardening Here are the layers Ground layer Cut pieces 3-8 long lay on top Then apply a straw layer 2-3 thick Soil or compost 1 thick Repeat step 2-4 one more time Then apply coffee bean bags, weed fabric or straw to protect the soil. Or plant winter crops right on it. Notes: If applying winter crop sprinkle the seed as even as possible on top of soil and layer straw as the erosion control If planting starts plant right into the layers. DONOT put blackberry cuttings or Ivy in Lasagna gardening.
Lifestyle and Needs Do you travel a lot Do you entertain alot Do you need an irrigation system Do you need a garden coach/ assistant Lawn space Patio or Deck Animal corridors
What food has value to you & the reality of growing it What foods do you eat a lot of How long does it take for that edible to get to harvest Do you have space for all the food you want to grow Make a list of what you want to grow and seeding
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