Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
The weeds got away from me this summer in a disastrous way. I didn’t attack them early in the season and they spread and went to seed. I left them in fear of sending all those seeds afloat, making matters worse. Ultimately, my solution to the problem was a weed barrier.
I didn’t buy the black plastic weed barrier sold at hardware and garden stores. Instead, I raided my neighbors’ recycling bins for cardboard. I laid the cardboard flat (right over the weeds) making sure the garden was completely covered and no soil was exposed. After the cardboard I put on a thick layer of grass clippings, which I’d been saving all summer. A final layer of mulched leaves was put on top. In the spring I’ll add some of my finished compost.
Layer upon layer I’m adding rich nutrients back into the soil. Seeds will be sowed right into that mulch with hope for a fighting chance of winning out those weeds. My solution is zero waste and free. Can’t beat that.