Showing posts with label Money Saving Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Money Saving Tips. Show all posts

Friday, November 30, 2012

No Dig Garden Bed Method

Are you short on space for new plants? Are you dreading digging a new bed? Are you contemplating spraying grass killer? If you have 8 months to a year before you need to plant use this organic, No Dig Method!

Materials Needed:
Thick cardboard (such as a box) enough to cover your new bed
Manure – enough for a depth of 1 to 2 inches
Mulch – enough for a depth of 2 to 3 inches
Newspaper - optional (No Slicks)

 
Method:
Lay the cardboard over the area you want to be your new garden bed.  Make sure the entire area is fully covered.  If you have a few gaps then take folded newspaper (needs to be a thick section) and cover the gaps (remove any slick pages).  Then cover with an inch of pasteurized manure. Then top with two to three inches of Mulch.  Now comes the great part – RELAX.  

 
Result:
The cardboard along with the manure and mulch block all light and will kill any weeds or grass trapped below.  The cardboard will gradually break down over the next 8 months to year with the manure mixing in leaving you a nice healthy bed to plant in.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Where it all began


As I was watching my weekly fix of Oklahoma Gardening on TV I was struck by a segment on the Oklahoma Food Bank and others desperately needing fresh produce. The brief segment, aimed at home gardeners, asked them to donate their extra crops to their local food bank.

At the time I had already been taking my extra produce, mainly cantaloupe & tomatoes, to a Faith Based student group at a local college that operates on 100% donated food.  When they don’t have food, they can’t operate and people miss meals.
I realized that I had been called to do more. In the beginning I thought it was to just plant some extra plants. Then I realized that using my God given gifts, I needed to raise awareness and enlist others in this worthy cause.  Alone I am limited by what I can physically plant and harvest, but united we can do so much more. Together, we can make a substantial impact on hunger and health across America. 

I’m not talking about ditching the grass and filling your backyard with food producing plants, just planning a few extra plants and donating those crops.  Even if you don’t have a yard, you can make an impact by container gardening indoors or out.
By utilizing the information this blog aims to provide, we will have fun and be more efficient gardeners.  Saving time and money, though healthy organic gardening practices we will grow and give more. 

Please join us!
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