Wait –

you can just throw grass clippings in the projected garden spot as a ‘layer’? I’m going to have to find Lasagna Gardening to get more info. I have a bunch of cardboard boxes that I need to get rid of. I don’t do newspapers, though. The only thing I’d have would be the advertising flyers. But at least THAT would be a good use for them.

The location sounds good for at least spring

if it’s a very hot summer you may have to provide some shade during the late afternoon early evening hours to keep from having to over water.
Yes, just knock the weeds over and start with the layers of wet cardboard/newspaper. I have landscape timbers around mine to keep the layers in place, but that isn’t absolutely necessary.
For green waste if your grass is still green mow your yard and put that on there. I run short of green waste too, but it all works out just fine.


Yes, the pathogen issue. We just attended a workshop on composting and that was a huge issue. To clarify, for plant safety, rabbit poo by itself won’t burn them. But you are correct, in terms of human safety, the current guidelines are six months between application of raw manure and harvest as food. There’s a bit more that goes into that but that’s the general guideline. The current FSMA recommendation is 45 days between application of compost and harvest. While that may not seem like much time, it has folks up in arms because if the composting has been done correctly, all the pathogens would have been destroyed. If it hasn’t been done correctly, it can’t be called compost anyway. There was something of a bru-ha-ha at that workshop on that point; I thought folks were going to come to blows. Rather entertaining to watch, but the underlying politics is completely out of control.