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Weeding for the forest garden

Wheelbarrow of weedsMy poor sister came over Saturday morning, and I promptly put her to work pulling weeds.  The rich soil at the south end of the garden is friable rather than muddy even after a week of heavy rain.  I'd be making mud pies if I was in the clayey north side of the garden right now, so I steer clear.

Despite being a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of weeds currently in the garden, I have to admit that there is something deeply satisfying about filling wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow with weeds.  I've started dumping them where I want raised beds in my forest garden, which seems to be working pretty well.  After about a week of sun, most of the weeds die into rich soil and mulch.  I throw some cardboard or several layers of paper over that and cover it with woodchips to hold down the more tuberous weeds.  Then I plant I-can-grow-anywhere comfrey straight into the rotting weeds, and the dynamic accumulator takes off.



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