Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Buh-Bye Garden Carpet!

The previous owners of our house layered the paths throughout the garden with old carpet.  Which, wasn't a horrible idea.  It helped you to know where the paths were and although the weeds did grow through the carpet eventually, it took a little bit more time for that to happen.  When we were getting the garden ready this past spring, we re-layed the carpet to make new paths.

Well, after our flood, Jason and I decided that we would keep the carpet that was removed from our lower level to use in our garden.  I was telling my brother (who just happens to be an avid gardener and own his own carpet cleaning business) about our plan and he said "aren't you concerned about what types of synthetic material or chemicals could be leaching from the carpet into your garden?"

Things that make you go hmmmm.....

Well, we weren't.....until he said that.  Then, we kind of felt stupid for not thinking of that ourselves!

He was absolutely right.  Jason and I strive to live naturally, have an organic garden with no pesticides, yet we have this random carpet throughout our garden.  How much sense does that make!?

So, it has been my mission to get all of the carpet out of the garden.  And there's a lot.  And it's heavy.  Let's just say I've been earning that Halloween candy!

I didn't think to take a 'before' picture, but you can see all the paths that used to be covered by carpet are now just dirt:

And the piles of carpet I pulled from the garden:


We aren't sure what we are going to use for paths next year, or if we will even have a path.  We've said all along that having this size garden is definitely a learning experience and it will only get better as the years go by.  I'm already excited for next spring and getting my hands dirty!

Do you have paths through your garden?  Or just rows?  I'd love to hear any/all ideas!!

~Sara :)


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to watch your garden grow throughout the years. Your land is amazing and your garden is going to be glorious! I wish I had a garden or input on this one... Could you put down mulch and use that to keep a path?