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Sheet Mulching for the Win!

This Spring I started dorking out on Permaculture, and because of that, decided to add a hugelkultur bed to our garden this year, as well as sheet mulch all of our other beds, including the ones in the greenhouse.

Because of all of that sheet mulching goodness, its the middle of June, and our garden is RAGING in comparison to last years at this time. Which just makes me all sorts of giddy and smiley, inside and out. Plus, the beets are super happy. Super, SUPER happy. We have beets in the greenhouse that we’ve been eating, and then we also planted probably 200+ beets in the garden so we could put some up for winter eating. And this week we already started doing just that. We harvested greens a couple days ago from the main beet bed.

Here’s the bed before we harvested:

Here’s the bed after we harvested, and a picture of the mail container that is stuffed full of the greens:

Then, if this wasn’t exciting enough, in the process of harvesting the greens, it became apparent that we needed to harvest some beets as well! Yipeeeee!! So we did that too. And the most exciting part of that, was that some of the beets had tap roots at least 12 inches long!! And that, my friends, is reason number 34 that sheet mulching rules. Last year our beets never had roots longer then about 4 inches.

The freshly rinsed beet goodness:

The final product:

Which, this was our first foray into using our newly acquired pressure canner, and mom isn’t sure she did it right. The liquid level went down quite a bit. We only had a 15lb weight, instead of the 10lb every one uses for canning and she thinks that might be the culprit. So just to be safe, we’re probably going to be eating these soon or freezing them. We’ll go for round 2 of trying to can beets in a couple of weeks.


About mudly

Mud is main blog writer extraordinaire, picture guru, and the garden and adventure instigator. She loves to cook, but doesn’t much like following a recipe. She also loves typewriters, the color turquoise, and wearing tie dye with stripes. And she dorks out on while dreaming up and planning her next garden.

2 comments on “Sheet Mulching for the Win!

  1. Kari
    June 14, 2012

    holy beets! I’ve really been enjoying your blog, Mudly. These are awesome pictures. I’d be giddy too, if that were my garden. !

    • mudly
      June 14, 2012

      Thanks Kari! So glad someone else gets to enjoy our antics too 🙂

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