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Gardening: Without Removing Sod

Today, I’m going to talk to you about homeowners that would like to have a garden in their lawns, where their lawns are established now and an easy way to do it. Besides the traditional way of just digging up the sod. Here’S a method that’s been done before you want a little piece of garden and your property, so you dig up the sod you put the sod on the side you plant into the soil, and this is what you have a little bit of this here.

A lot of work, very labor-intensive shoveling by hand, is not my favorite type of thing. I’M going to go into a little easier way, so you won’t have to do any type of shoveling to remove your side and then what do you do with the sod when you’re done today, I’m going to talk about certain plants, I’m going to be growing in This garden area, one everyone recognizes and most people do grow – is the tomato easily purchased at your local nursery. Another nice thing about the site: I’ve chosen. There is a chain-link fence and some people find those very objectionable or unsightly. I’Ve chosen grapes to plant every eight feet, or so along this fence.

The grapes will climb the fence and spread out and create a nice green barrier that can be utilized for beauty, but also for a few grapes that grow on there and make some jelly or eat them plain doesn’t matter. Also, I’ve got some watermelon that I’m going to plant on here, just to basically spread out a little bit will grow on the fence, and these are little sugar, baby, watermelons, just a small watermelon that tends to do well. Here. I’Ve also like to point out growing some beautiful vegetables. Swiss chard.

If you look, has a nice red burgundy, green little, purplish yellow, look to it. There are also some just straight colored ones, but this one I’ve chosen is called bright lights and I’ve chosen it for its aesthetic beauty and also because I like, like it as vegetable to eat another another plant. This one is a newer one that many of you may not be familiar with purple plant. Just an ornamental pepper is what it is and I’m growing it for the purple foliage, and it will get some little peppers on it too. I’M basically growing this for its for its beauty, though first I’d like to point out that there’s several different types of material or media that you could use for this, these seem to work very well.

For me, what I’ve got is some peat moss and I’ve got some vegetable bedding mix with soil, and I’ve also got some organic human manure. So I should have a great plenty of soil organic matter in this soil, and I like to mix it about a third each. This is peat moss and you should be able to get at any of your nurseries and there are different – all recipes jump over here to a medium that that also is good for bedding plants, just a mix of various soil amendments and soil and perlite. And such this next media organic human manure will help with the organic structure as long as as as well as the other ones did. But it’s a nice fertilizer that I can use and mix in here also there was a little bit of soil in here.

I believe you can use a shovel. I just like to use my hands and, like I said, if, if you don’t want to touch it with your hand, you can obviously wear gloves mix this all in right. Our next stage here, where I’m going to take and lay down newspaper, overlap against similar to shingles when you’re roughing, all along here right on top of the grass. No digging it up. One thing to remember when using newspaper is use newspaper that does not have lead in it sink.

Some of the older newspapers, especially the colored newspaper, had had that I like to use black and white newspaper – and I just put it down here just like this – all the way along they’ll eat another couple right here. It’S up to you how thick you don’t want it to be too thick because you do want it to decompose and form a nice layer there for your plants in the future, but I believe this should be a good place to start now I’ll grab. My my media here this is the next step I like to do about maybe three to four inches thick here. If you find chunks of them matter that didn’t mix well or dint break down when you’re mixing it earlier, this is a nice time to do it too, and just crush it up and spread it around in this okay. Simply, for example, pop off my grape remember, containers are cheap and your and your plants are very expensive, so if you can’t get them up by simply squeezing them, it’s not a bad idea to simply cut the container and throw it away or recycle it.

I should say now I’ll take some more pull it over the top of this I’ve got it close enough so that it will crawl up the chain-link fence. I like to plant my tomatoes about a good o, at least two two and a half feet apart. Maybe more, depending on what room you have like to pick off this lower leaf. If I can get them nice and deep in there and mound it up to the trunk, so it it creates all those extra little roots out of the side and I’m going to add a little these little peppers along here. So they squeeze it from the bottom gently, pull it out and just add these in here for some beauty of the purpleness.

That’S on there I don’t like to plant them deeper than they are. I got some little watermelons here called sugar babies and sometimes you can grow different, binding crops on a fence. I’M gon na try that here I’ve had some success with cucumbers and smaller pumpkins on a fence before our trellis and they’ve done very well. So I’m going to try that today, with these just let it plant them in here nicely and kind of have them crawl up the fence a little bit, maybe give them a little support later on how far apart? Do you put an onion I like to put them as far apart, as I think, they’re gon na get for size?

I don’t like to crowd them, you can, then you just eat them, eat the younger ones as they grow any any ones that are all dried up and not gon na grow. I put on the side and then just stick them gently into the soil like this and plant them blood meal is a product I like to use it’s a source of um, Oh nitrogen and fertilizer for your plants. It’S a blood product and you can give it any of your nurseries more likely. They should carry that these are for rabbit control, rabbits, don’t care for it care for the smell. Probably your best rabbit control is fencing, but since our whole yard is fenced and we have a dog on all three sides here – I’m going to try the blood meal and, I might add, a fence later I’ll, sprinkle a little bit in here, not a lot.

Just a little, I generally try not to get fertilizer on the plant. If I can help it. Fertilizer at times, tends to burn your plants, so just a little dusting of it, and I like to make sure you wash your hands in a row down with all this type of thing. We’Ve got about approximately 20 feet of garden space that we just put in and a half an hour, not too bad wasn’t really labor-intensive. We got a nice variety of plants for aesthetic beauty, but also as I’m functional and useful.

So I’m very pleased with that. As far as the other method of digging out by hand with a shovel planting in takes about three times as long when I do it some in a little very under pending on how fast you are at being upside and then we also have the situation of What do we do with the sod now compost it haul it away, work it in some other place, where you have a patch in your lawn, that’s dead in this method that we just we did today. We don’t have that problem at all. Eventually, the grass underneath will die and the roots from these will penetrate through the newspaper and we’ll have a garden with a lot less work and a lot of oh, maybe a third, a third of the time that would have taken the older method, but still isn’t even done.

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