Re: [gardeners] Lazy Gardening

George Shirley (
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 16:40:28 -0500 (CDT)

At 12:49 PM 9/19/97 +0000, you wrote:
>Margaret Lauterbach <> wrote:
>> George, they've had a recent thread running on OGL.  I don't know whether
>> you're back on there or not. Tony and Moira from NZ are advocating no-till
>> flower and veggie beds...put at least 10 sheets of newspaper on top of sod,
>> in the configuration you want your bed, water it down then top it off with
>> 5 to 6 inches of compost. By spring it will be good to plant in, and you
>> don't have the sod removal effort.  If you want to wait until
>> spring...Best, Margaret
>Are they in cold or warm winter areas or does that even matter?
>Since I'm anticipating being laid up in the near future I'm only 
>planning to expand 2 beds that need to be deeper rather than putting 
>in new ones.  I've heard this idea being kicked around here and there 
>and would love to do this if it will work.
It works, and since you're in a colder climate should work well over winter
for you. We once had a no-till garden area for about ten years, kept adding
compost, etc and just pulling it back to plant. As a matter of fact that's
what we're doing with the fall garden right now but it has been "farmed" for
nearly eight years now.