Freshfield Grove

Tales of Tasmanian Adventures in Olive Oil

Free peas. Or lessons in sheet mulching.

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I decided to have a go at sheet mulching recently, to try and turn a permanently weedy bed into something more attractive and useful. This is supposed to be a low effort sort of gardening, involving layering cardboard, compost and mulch to smother the weeds and improve the soil. This is still a work in progress. Lessons learned so far are:

  • Even if the area looks small I will underestimate the amount of cardboard I’ll need to cover it in a double layer.
  • We need to drink more wine in order to have sufficient cardboard boxes. The dogs think we need to buy them more food and treats instead.
  • I will underestimate the volume of lucerne hay I’ll need as mulch and need to go to a well known hardware store at the last minute to buy a substitute. Because I also haven’t left enough time and we’re about to go away and I don’t have time to go back to the place I got the lucerne.
  • Pea straw doesn’t work as mulch as well as lucerne hay, but you do get free peas!!

Have you started any outdoor projects this Easter weekend? FFx

Author: FarmerFi

I'm a British doctor who married an Aussie, moved to Tasmania, and bought an olive grove. Now making extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf tea. I'd love you to join my adventures in the beautiful setting of Southern Tasmania.

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