Sheet Mulching

This year a new field course is being offered called Sustainable Food Systems and Community Development. I am fortunate enough to be involved in the course and today we had a great day at the farm making Sheet Mulch!

Sheet Mulching is a permaculture technique that uses Nitrogen and Carbon rich materials to “make soil”. This allows the soil to retain water, nutrients and makes use of the nutrients and microorganisms that already live in the soil. As well, sheet mulching breaks down any weeds present and returns their nutrients to the soil. Along with the benefits to the soil, it also creates less work for you, the gardener! You do not have to till the soil and already have compost material applied to your garden bed!

Here’s what we did today, however, any good chef knows there is room for experimenting and improvement! Try your own recipe out and see the results!

“Nonna’s Lasagna”


  • Lasagna Noodles (Cardboard)
  • Ricotta Cheese (Manure)
  • Spices (Comfrey Leaves)
  • Nonna’s Special Tomato Sauce (Leaves)
  • Ground Meat or Veggie Ground (Coffee Grounds)
  • Spinach (Sea Kelp)
  • Lasagna Noodles (Newspaper)
  • Parmesan (Grass Clippings)
  • Cheddar Cheese (Leaves)

Ingredients were laid in order and the final result will then bake under the radiant heat of the oven (rain and sunshine) until Wednesday when we add a few sprinkles of our favourite herbs (Bark Mulch) to top it off! As Nonna would say “andiamo a mangiare” Lets Eat!

Attached is a great resource to do your own Sheet Mulching at home or on your Acadia Plot! sheet mulching guide


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