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By: organicfarmingblog , 11:00 AM GMT on March 07, 2013
Cultivating your own vegetables by setting up an organic farm can be a great way in promoting healthy lifestyle while cutting down expenses. However, putting up one can be a tiring work to some people. Fortunately, there are plenty of methods in making the task of organic farming easier for farmers through sheet mulching. This is said to be one of the best ways in commencing to set up an all-natural farming experience.
Basically, the idea of removing the grass on the ground and build a garden bed in it can be very tiresome. After these tasks, there are additional works to be done, such as loosening up the soil in order for the crops to cultivate it. Moreover, there are weeds that might interfere in your gardening experience. Good thing the use of sheet mulching will help people to do all of these tasks without giving out too much energy compared to the traditional method.
The Basics of Sheet Mulching
Sheet mulching is a procedure that makes use of the existing soil and plant debris to turn them into a rich humus. This is possible by allowing the nature to perform most of the work. There is almost no cost to pay, making it very affordable to try. Thus, this procedure is an organic farming technique utilizes to enable people to plant on the top of the ground. There will be no digging that will happen on the organic farm anymore.
Aside from its affordability, this procedure will also prevent soil erosion and enhance water storage. You can utilize a wide range of materials in layering, provided that they are organic and it doesn’t have any protein content.
The Making of Sheet Mulching
The first thing to do is to mark the planned garden area with the use of a rope. Then, cover the desired area with cardboard or wet paper. Ensure to overlap the edges for about five sheets. Once done, cover the cardboard with a thick layer of compost containing peat moss and other moist organic material. This layer should have about one to two inches of thickness. At the topmost layer, place a layer containing other organic materials like grass, leaves, straw, garden waste, or leftovers without any protein. Alternate both layers until the desired depth is reached. Finally, water it until it becomes wet like a damp sponge. You should add big amounts of compost regularly in order to enhance the soil level.
Nevertheless, sheet mulching is an easy way of cultivating your own organic farm. Aside from promotion of healthy lifestyle and cost-saving, it can also help you become professional in organic farming.
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