After living and working in Seattle most of our lives we retired and moved out to the small town of Sequim on the north Olympic Peninsula five years ago. Zone 8b—just like Homeacres. We were fortunate to find a home with a couple acres and so on a large patch of lawn we started a vegetable garden. We live near Paul Gautschi who originally taught us about No-Dig. We bought a 1700-foot roll of newsprint for $35 on Amazon and proceeded to put down overlapping layers of it on the grass and covered it with a sandy topsoil mix over an area of about 1000 square feet. On that we have spread organic compost for the last five years and our soil is beautifully soft and easy to work.
Over the last few years we have learned a great deal from watching Charles’ videos. We would say that probably the biggest takeaway has been to do less, rather than more work! And his little tips that we remember as we go about tending the garden often come to mind. The results have been far, far more produce than we can consume and we give a lot away to family, friends and the local food bank.