I’ve chosen to do something different this summer.
Re-do my “forest’s pathways” and improve the soil for Fall’s planting instead of concentrating on just on summer (tropical) vegetables. Yes, I’m doing it my way.
I’ve used corrugated cardboard – old wine cartons, appliance packaging, good thick brown cardboard from recycling dumpsters – cut them open, carpeted the paths, then wait for the afternoon rain (a common occurrence in Florida).
No red carpet… just plain return of tree material to soil.
A closer look at my handiwork …
Cardboard weed barrier
Covered with pine needles
They will look like natural forest paths in a couple of weeks and it hasn’t cost a cent! OK, they may need re-doing in a couple of years but it will give me time to re-plan and perhaps even re-design the pathways depending on the height of the in-ground trees and perennial edibles, as time passes.
Update of my contribution to Recycling ♲
“We’re ready! We’re ready! screamed the corn seedlings silently and to show me they meant business, they stuck their roots out through the papier-mâché “tray-cups” like a toddler would stick his legs out of a crib.
Healthy, thick roots have penetrated the seeding “cups”.
The recycled “tray cups” were moistened thoroughly before being split up into individual pieces and placed in planting holes semi-filled with composted manure, some Epsom Salt and homemade potting mix.
Into the soil they went.
My new corn strip consisting of 2 rows.
So there they are now, the recycled “cups” holding and supporting the young corn seedlings partially mulched with hay. Soon they will disintegrate and biodegrade, feed the earthworms, micro-organisms and whatever living beings there which find recycled paper deliciously edible, then back to becoming part of the soil again.
Why buy seed starter pots when there is plenty one can use for free? They have served their original purpose and will often be discarded or thrown into a recycle bin. Well, I guess I’m a nano-recycle center of sort. Egg trays, fruit protectors, toilet roll cores … those made from papier-mâché, I will readily, gratefully welcome with open arms.
My corn seedlings, in their seeding tray, ready to go into the soil in a couple of days. The toilet roll core with gourd seeds need more days for germination but …
My papier-mâché seeding tray with corn seedlings.
some pumpkin seedlings have already rooted in soil – their paper “holders” beneath soil level have now disintegrated and are part of the soil blend.
Pumpkin seedling taken root in soil
This is my small contribution to Recycling.