This year I am converting 6000sqft of pasture into vegetable beds. My process begins by covering the area with silage tarp to smother the grasses and perennial weeds.
The tarp traps moisture, heat and decaying organic matter near the surface. This creates perfect conditions for worms to thrive. The first pic shows the crumbly worm castings that completely cover the surface of the old pasture after 3 months.
The benefits in both aeration and fertility that the worms provide will help my vegetables get off to a flying start.
Those worm castings are gonna feed your plants so well! Do you have another area of planting not prepped like this to compare growth? Would be cool to see photos of the difference when the plants are up. Im a massive worm fan 😆 have a worm farm here I use to make an extract I spray on all my land.
How do you rotovate the top inch? Do you use a machine?
This looks great, what was it like before you put the tarp down? Did it just go over the grass or did you dig it over?