Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

The first step to mak­ing your veg­etable gar­den is sod­bust­ing.

There are no two ways about it: Re­mov­ing or smoth­er­ing the lawn (or other veg­e­ta­tion) to make your veg­etable gar­den takes a bit of work.

Cover the lawn with a re­mov­able cov­er­ing such as a tarp for four or more weeks, which kills the lawn by block­ing sun­light.

Al­ter­na­tively, cover it with a biodegrad­able cov­er­ing such as news­pa­per or card­board topped with lay­ers of fin­ished com­post, lawn clip­pings and leaves. Fin­ish with a layer of gar­den soil on top of the or­ganic ma­te­ri­als.

The ef­fect of this lay­er­ing is to smother the un­der­ly­ing grass — but un­like the tarp tech­nique, this method also builds the soil.

We be­lieve com­post­ing is the ticket to good gar­den soil. Mak­ing a new gar­den can be an op­por­tu­nity for both com­post­ing and in­cor­po­rat­ing com­post.

If you de­cide to try the above ap­proach, just skip the next sec­tion and never lift sod again.

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