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Old 05-03-2009, 10:28 AM   #31
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A whole lot of digging and turning that people do in their gardens is totally unnecessary. I guess it makes them feel better to do more work - but the soil is actually better and less weedy if you leave it alone and don't turn up the weed seeds constantly. Its closer to the way soil is actually made naturally.
I think that only holds true with flowers, hazelnut. And especially native species, I think their the only ones tough enough to slug it out with much of the regular competition. If you're growing vegetables you need to prepare the soil someway. Otherwise you are not going to get enough production to make it worth your while. Judicious use of newspaper and mulch will kill off most weed seedlings. Some hand weeding is always going to be there, but a well planned bed makes it very easy to take care of what few there are.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:55 PM   #32
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We've had this argument before, doccat. I never turn my lasagna beds.

Most weed seeds are in the soil. If you just scrape and go, they never have a chance.
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:33 PM   #33
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I never turn my lasanga beds either, but I do till when doing new beds, and they will turn into lasanga type beds as I plant and move along. I'll have some pictures of the new set up, if it ever stops raining here, sigh. I feel like I growing webs between my toes.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:34 PM   #34
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I stomp the vegetation down in mine and line with cardboard. Then layer in the greens and browns.
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