21 May 2020 Mulch in Garden


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I use leaves from last year as mulch for tomato's, peppers, and okra. they break down easy in fall. is that not a good thing to do?
 
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Leaves tend not to stay in place. Sometimes they bunch up and become almost like a wet magazine. I find one year old wood chips to be ideal for my application.

Above all I do believe in mulch. Probably anything to cover bare ground is a plus.
 
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My mulch comes from the local utility co. for free. This year they delivered over 50 yards. They have crews out working the utility lines especially in spring and are happy to have a place to dump the mulch close to the area they are working. Plus I normally have some onions and/or potatoes to give them as reward.

I use it in the grape arbor, blackberry patch, around fruit trees, and in flower beds but never in the vegetable garden. It just gets in the way of my cover crops in the garden which I use 365 days of the year. A front end loader makes short work of moving and spreading it.

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