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Sheet Composting: the Easy Way to Improve Your Soil

If you have a vegetable or flower garden that is essentially bare, with all the annual plants removed, you can let nature make compost for you right there. No piling, no turning, just spread it and forget it.


This is called sheet composting. Take grass clippings, fallen leaves and other garden/yard debris, shred them a bit with a chipper-shredder or by running over them with a bagging lawn mower. Then spread them evenly over your garden. Through the winter, you can continue to toss scraps of vegetable waste on top.

This blanket of vegetative matter will protect your soil as mulch. By spring it will have broken down enough to be incorporated lightly into the top few inches of soil.

Watch a video showing how to create sheet compost.

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