The Easy Garden
I am always
looking for new places on my property to plant
useful or edible plants. My wife, children & I
maintain several gardens on our property and I look
forward to the time when I can say that my property
We have a home in
a rather normal northwest Oklahoma City
neighborhood. Our property measures approximately
60' X 150'. Because we plant in raised beds that
have been sheet mulched and we try never to step
directly into the beds, our yields are plentiful and
our soil is well conditioned.
We compost all of
our vegetable kitchen scraps directly on the soil
surface. Then cover the compost with mulch;
therefore the nutrients of the compost leach
directly into the soil around the plants. An
additional benefit of mulching in place is the
effect it has on the worm population within the
soil. There is no bad smell and the worms grow
healthy spending their time nearer to the surface of
the soil consuming the scraps and fertilizing the
This method of
gardening isn't only an easy way to garden - it is
an environmentally responsible way to grow our own
food. No need for fertilizers- the compost and worms
do all the fertilizing. No need for power tilling-
the worms keep the soil aerated and the since we
don't step into the beds the soil tends not to get
compacted. No big need for pesticides-when the
beneficial insects are thriving and the soil is
aerated you have less of a negative insect problem.
No need to water every day- with a good thick bed of
straw or other mulch your soil will retain more of
But, there still
is an even easier garden to maintain, the spinach
garden. There isn't much work or materials needed to
maintain an abundance of spinach for your family in
an Oklahoma City garden from October until March.
Start out by
looking around your property to find an area that is
already a flowerbed or vegetable garden. If you do
not have an area available build your own garden bed
by using untreated lumber, rocks, bricks, logs or
hay bales as a border. Remember to design your
garden bed so that you will not be required to step
into the garden to harvest or work the soil. Then
place a couple of layers of brown cardboard directly
onto the ground making sure to overlap the seams.
Next, cover the cardboard with a layer of
well-rotted compost, leaves, horse manure, or other
organic material. Then, cover the organic material
with topsoil or rich mix.
You are now ready
to sprinkle the soil surface with spinach seeds.
Make sure after you are done sprinkling the seeds
over your garden that you lightly tap the soil
surface with the end of a rake to settle the seed
just under the surface of the soil. Finally it is
time to lightly water the garden.
In about a week
you will notice many small spinach plants growing.
Make sure and water regularly. You will be
harvesting spinach until about March as long as you
only pinch off the leaves and allow the roots to
produce more spinach leaves.
No fertilizer, no
tilling, no raking, no weeding, just good wholesome
food grown by you on your own property for you and