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Little by Little

November 6th, 2013

Back in Ohio I expanded by gardens a little each year.  That helps keep things manageable.  This year I expanded the main garden in the back by about 2x.  Next year half of it will lie fallow under a thick layer of mulch.  I’m working on expanding the boundaries of the back potager to integrate stones walls, a greenhouse, a perennial border, and a small greenhouse.  That plan will take years to come to fruition, but it will be very manageable because a small piece will be finished each year.
potager walkway
This year I’m focusing on expanding the edges out and eradicating the quack grass that has been creeping into the garden from the lawn.  My favorite way to expand a garden is with the lasagna gardening method.  It takes longer than digging up the space, but it’s much less work overall.
potager expansion 1
Yesterday I layered cardboard down on the areas I want to kill the grass, then I added a healthy dose of compost on top of that.  I plan on adding chopped leaves and grass clippings on top of the compost to help keep any erosion at bay over the winter.  By next spring, the grass underneath the cardboard will be long gone and the compost will be moving into the soil via earthworms.  
potager expansion 2
I’m hoping to expand the border on each side of this garden by at least 4 feet this fall. The only problem is my fence that perfectly surrounds my 25×25 garden will be too small!

Do you ever use cardboard to smother weeds and grass in the garden? 

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.