After months of not being able to work on my plot due to school and life, I was finally able to get the weeds cleared off. I was also able to build a frame for the raised-bed vegetable patch. That was two weekends ago. I am following a method that has been called “lasagna” or “no-till” gardening. The dimensions of the frame built are 8 in x 15 ft x 15 ft. I’m using this size frame instead of making narrow and long beds because one square frame uses less wood than three rectangular ones.
This past weekend I was able to get most of the material for the layers of my garden bed. This picture shows the first 2 layers: newspaper and alfalfa hay. Laying down the newspaper layer was a bit slow going because it was a windy day. The hay was fun. I’ve never pulled apart a bale of hay or straw before. The bales are made up of bricks/wafers of hay.