I am going to share my veg garden experience with anyone who may read this, and tell YOU what works, what doesn't. I share my plat with two friends, who have one solid season of veg garden experience under their collective belt. Our plot is 12x25, although we are attempting to acquire the plot next to us to expand (!) our garden.
Here in Minnesota, we start kind of late with veg gardening. Today I spent a couple of hours and got about half the plot weeded and covered with chopped leaves. My thought is, when it's planting time, we won't be covered up in weeds. Here is my photo journal from today:
Here is the part I didn't weed and cover with chopped leaves:
Last season's sage that made it through the winter:
Plot after weed removal and addition of chopped leaves:
Chopped leaves make such a great mulch, you can then incorporate them into to soil at planting time. A perfect and cheap (free) amendment. And PLEASE DON"T USE THIS!!!!!!!
And for HEAVEN'S SAKE! Don't use this! It looks like HELL, and the manufacture of black plastic uses petroleum and contributes to climate change.
This is the lot (the one totally covered in leaves) that we hope to acquire. Someone very forward looking covered this last fall, making it virtually weed free.
This, on the other hand, was not mulched and now will be a major pain in the arse to deal with:
So, Tune in next time for Veg Garden Adventures with Gabby!