How to mulch a garden with cardboard

Posted: March 12, 2012 in farm, Garden Design, Soil, Urban Farming, Work
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Lay the cardboard down thick, the point is to kill the grass and weeds underneath. Remember to take the tape off.

Add a light layer of mulch to hold the cardboard down and to uphold a certain level of aesthetic.

Rinse and repeat.

Things to remember:

  1. The ink in most newspapers and cardboard is soy-based and therefore biodegradable.
  2. I am confident that the small amounts of glue on the cardboard are taken care of by worms and microorganisms.
  3. Use this method in areas for weed suppression where you are not planting crops that season. Cardboard and non-composted mulch make surface nitrogen unavailable to plants.
  4. By the next season, you will have an area with a brand new layer of organic matter.
  5. You will be surprised at how quickly the cardboard breaks down.
  6. I apologize for the quality of the last image.
  7. Go make me proud.

Yours,

-Hipster Gardener

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