How To Create a Sheet Mulch Garden
Create a New Garden Bed without Digging
By Emma Cooper
October 12, 2007
Sheet mulching is an easy way to create a new garden
bed that mimics the way nature does things. By
covering the ground with biodegradable material, you
improve the soil quality and kill weeds without
having to dig or use harmful chemicals.
Collect your materials.
Sheet mulching is cheap and uses recycled materials,
such as newspaper and cardboard and homemade
Flatten the weeds.
Trample down any grass and weeds growing on the area
you want to turn into a garden bed. You don't need
to cut them down, just flatten them.
If the ground is dry then give it a good soaking
Cover the area with a thick layer of newspaper or
cardboard so that all light is excluded. Make sure
the sections overlap well, so that weeds can't grow
Add a deep layer (at least 3 inches deep) of
Cover the compost with a mulch of straw, hay or cut
grass to stop the surface from drying out.
Your garden bed is now ready
for planting. In its first year it is suitable for
growing potatoes and other
tubers, or for planting transplants and perennial
plants through the mulch. As the materials break
down over time, the bed will become more suitable
for sowing seeds.
Sheet mulch gardens are low maintenance - the
cardboard and the top layer of mulch control weeds,
and there is no digging involved. You will need to
top up the mulch every season to keep the bed
healthy. This is an easy way to reclaim weedy
ground, and can be used on a large scale - providing
you can find enough cardboard and compost!