16 teeth-chattering degrees this morning and the garden seems to be shrinking under its blanket of snow, which is, after all, part of the plan.
The larger prints are mine, of course. And no, I didn't go out in bathrobe and boots to get the shots.
The Power of Sheet Mulch
In its simplest form, sheet mulching is a two-step process: First, apply a layer of weed-suppressing newspaper or cardboard…and top it with about a foot of organic mulch. Many gardeners do this in fall, so that the mulch rots to become humus-y earth over the winter. Also, the weed-stopping layer breaks down enough to allow spring-planted seeds and transplants to thrust their roots deep into the earth. Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden