no mulch on that garden this season. it was supposed
to be left with bean stalks from last fall, but Ma raked
them off. it was topped with a half and half mix of sand
and loamy topsoil and likely had some pea gravel scattered
in it too.
it will soon get weeded and then have a cover crop of
dry beans of various sorts stuck in between what is
left of the tulips.
it varies by garden and what i have available.
the perennial gardens mostly get weed barrier fabric
under a thick layer of wood chips.
the veggie gardens may not get any mulch at all
other than green manures, weeds and whatever paper
scraps i can get out there.
some gardens have rocks or crushed limestone as a
then we also have shredded bark, bark pieces,
shredded wood, shredded or unshredded leaves,
newspapers, egg cartons, magazines, cardboard,
cardstock, cover crops and the usual gang of weedy
interlopers or some wandering annuals/biennials
(pinks, poppies, hollyhocks, nigella...). in
some locations i've tried using the hens and
chicks as a living mulch since they seem fairly
indestructable (if up high enough so that they
don't sit in standing water). pieces of rotting
and then there are the rust garden, or the glass
garden and the pea gravel patches and the spaces
Ma uses to sort her beach stones for making stepping
stones and ...
i'm trying to think of what i would consider
the strangest mulch. broken pottery, pieces of glass,
rusted metal are probably three of the strangest.
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