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Mulch burrito

Mulch burrito step 1

A drier climate combined with newly kill-mulched aisles means my buckwheat harvesting methodology needed a little tweak. First, I rolled back the cardboard and wood chips that had run a few inches into the bed to to ensure total weed kill....

Mulch burrito step 2

...then I used newly yanked buckwheat to weigh the mulch burrito down. The result will be a line of composting organic matter along the bed's perimeter, which can be raked back into the center as mulch around new plants.

Kale seedlings

In fact, I've been doing this with yanked weeds as well, which would have been a lesson in failure in Virginia where it rained so much. But up here in Ohio, a weed with roots exposed dies in a heartbeat, then its body goes back to feed the ground. This last image, taken five days later with a time machine (okay, really it's last week's kale bed) shows the end result.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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