Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sheet Composting or homemade slip-n-slide?

Preparation continues at my house, this time sheet composting the south-facing side yard. The back half shown here is usually a soggy mess due to shade from three large rhodies. We mowed the lawn as short as possible, laid down refrigerator boxes nabbed from a local appliance store and piled several inches of chip mulch from the diminishing pile in our driveway. I didn't add compost since I think left long enough the grass will break down eventually. I'll add that this was less than two hours before guests arrived for my monthly "Women Unite" party. It's now looking neat and tidy but I long for pops of color. At least the dogs are happy _ they think they're at the dog park.

5 comments:

Nancy J. Bond said...

Great idea! And to be able to get the boxes from a local store -- reuse and recycle. :)

The Gardeness said...

I wish I would have thought of the big boxes a couple years ago. Would have saved me some labor in other parts of the yard. Live and learn.

Mary Beth said...

Have you done this before? Just wondering how long it takes the cardboard box to decompose enough to plant in your bed. Very cool.

The Gardeness said...

I've used layers of newspaper, which break down in a few weeks. Cardboard, if layered with compost and kept moist, can start decomposing around six weeks. I opted not to add the compost since I'm not likely to plant this area until next fall -- by then I should be good to go. I'll have an update on how fast this works.

Heather's Garden said...

Why don't you throw some potted plants on top of the mulch for color? Of course, my answer is always containers!

Thanks for coming to visit me and leaving a comment. It's nice to meet a new garden blogger. You're my first in WA -- my dad lives in Puyallup and when I was younger I spent a good amount of time out there. Beautiful area.