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7556RE: [fukuoka_farming] Re: advice on how to turn a lawn into a veggie garden

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  • Linda Shewan
    May 1, 2008
      Whenever I have used cardboard I have seen an explosion of soil life - but
      you must wet the ground thoroughly before putting the cardboard down and
      some green waste under them to rot down and encourage the worms etc is also
      useful. Yes there is glue in cardboard but newspaper has been given the OK
      these days. I guess I believe the worms take care of that - as a once off I
      don't think it will overload the soil. Worms adore both cardboard and
      newspaper, the covering doesn't allow the soil to dry out and the
      cardboard/newspaper rapidly breaks down leaving much more friable soil

      I agree it is not natural farming but if you have couch or kikuyu or other
      aggressive running grasses it can sometimes be the only way to get started.


      From: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Raju Titus
      Sent: Friday, 2 May 2008 2:50 PM
      To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: advice on how to turn a lawn into a
      veggie garden

      Dear friend,
      In natural way of farming weed is not a problem but it is required for
      farming.Therefore one should first eliminate thought of killing of
      weed.Killing of weed by any mean is a violent way.Killing of weeds by the
      cover of cardboard is a method of permaculture.This is not only kills weeds
      but kills soil also which is a group of microbes.Card board is industrial
      product having lot of chemicals in it can create pollution.Lawn is a green
      cover required in farming.

      On 5/2/08, Pat D <pjd1100@... <mailto:pjd1100%40yahoo.com> > wrote:
      > I once heard that cardboard has glue in it. Anyone else know any danger
      > of using cardboard or newspaper?
      > Pat
      > David Keltie <david.keltie@... <mailto:david.keltie%40gmail.com>
      <david.keltie%40gmail.com>> wrote: To
      > help kill the grass underneath the straw, I use cardboard or
      > newspaper (thick 20 pages or so) as a first layer. I push back the
      > straw, then use a knife to open a small hole and plant into that
      > pushing the straw back into place.
      > Works for me.
      > David
      > On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:26 AM, basjoos <MKTurner7@...
      <mailto:MKTurner7%40aol.com> <MKTurner7%40aol.com>>
      > wrote:
      > > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > Inesinlove@... wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I need some advice how to turn a lawn into a veggie garden without
      > > > disturbing the soil. It has been a lawn for a long time and I don't
      > > think the soil is
      > > > very good. I don't see a lot of other species in the grass.
      > > > Thanks Ines
      > > >
      > >
      > > One way is to put down a thick enough layer of hay to kill out the
      > > grass (unroll a round bale or lay down overlapping leaves from a square
      > > bale) and add enough manure to the hay to help it start composting.
      > > Then ideally let it sit for a month until all of the grass had died
      > > before planting, altough if you are in a hurry, you can plant large
      > > plants (tomotoes, squash, okra, melons, etc.)through the hay into the
      > > soil under the hay.
      > >
      > >
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