Most people don't set out to kill their grass. I, on the other hand, was on a mission.
Our neighborhood doesn't have much in the way of sunshine because the houses are built so close together. As a result, I grow things in a community garden plot so I can keep the fresh veggies coming all summer!
For the last two years, I've been growing in a community garden was about 4.5 miles from my house and up a HUGE hill - which I would ride with my 3 year old in a bike trailer. My city recently finished building a new community garden that is a lot closer to my house - close enough that I can walk to it. Which is perfect since new babies can't go in bike trailers and I'll be having one of those pretty much any day now!
The location was great. The price was great.
There was only one problem: GRASS
The city had built raised bed quadrant plots for us, filled them with good quality dirt and then over the winter grass took hold. And not like grass here and there. Like, a rich, thickly rooted lawn grew on top of the raised beds over the winter. When I was ready to start gardening in April, I was faced with a 20' x 20' plot of this:
My friends in the plot next to mine painstakingly flipped their 20 x 20 plot shovelful by shovelful to turn the grass under. Being 8 months pregnant, however, I was NOT interested in so much back breaking labor - and really felt like it wasn't fair to ask my husband to take on such a big task on his own. Especially since I wasn't sure I'd even do that much labor without being pregnant.
After some research I developed a great plan to destroy the grass in my plot without chemicals and without a lot of backbreaking labor.
Here is what my plot looked like 4 weeks later:
Beautiful black dirt with just a couple plants to pop out here and there. And it was EASY! Let me show you what I did...