Today is the perfect day to lay garden paths. I try every year to define walking paths so we don’t compress the soil when harvesting.
I have the best of intentions at the start of the season. Then I get
distracted by the boys lazy and the weeds and plants eventually take over.
The garden turns into a beautiful jungle.
When I designed the kitchen garden this year, I drew up a grid with paths. Each square has a group of plants designed to work together all season. Even though the patches will be bigger and a square foot, I’m using the same basic idea.
Borage in almost every square.
Garlic sprinkled throughout.
Today is perfect for defining these planned paths because it’s a little rainy and there’s almost no wind.
- It’s everywhere and free if you know a friend who’s moving, order anything from Amazon or ask the grocery store to save their boxes. Of course, you won’t want to use coated or heavily inked cardboard.
- It’s biodegradable. It will decompose within 3 months…perfect for the garden season.
- It will hold water and keep it where it is needed: in your garden.
- It’s worm food. Worms love munching on it. They munch away and their waste makes an awesome soil amendment. They aerate and drain the soil making it an ideal gardening environment.
- It’s function stacking and making use of renewable resources. Permaculture at work.
I’ve already laid out the paths I want. The next step is to cut the cardboard to size and secure with landscaping staples. I’m not sure I will cover with wood chips. I think the cardboard will be enough of a barrier.
I’m not too worried about how it will look either. It’s more important that it works.
The sun is hiding today
Masked by a sky that’s gray
The wind is quiet and light
The grass turned green overnight
Like that cardboard idea!
I know what you mean by good intentions and the later jungle. Somehow it works out. Last year I did likewise with cardboard that I’d been hoarding, then covered with wood chips. It turned out to be the best, most weed-free garden path I’ve had in 40 years of gardening!
That is exactly what I’m hoping for! Good to hear that it works!
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