Ladies And Gentlemen, Let’s Mulch

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    So here we are, wading into fall and it is time to get mulching. After a busy day on the lottie, we are halfway finished with the winterising of the veggie quadrants. Here’s how that second quadrant went:

    The quadrant with remaining veg and green manure.
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    Of course I could have left the Swiss chard for winter harvesting but I have so much frozen-in, I can miss it. So we took it all out, hoed the weeds and raked-in two bags of our compost. After that, we took out some mulch from last year (yeah, we really save mulch) and spread it down as the first layer.
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    It was a great basis, but another layer would be forthcoming.
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    That will do this bed this winter. Now to show you where it came from. Th knob is the stand where the ornamental grass was growing.
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    All the grass on the bed came from this one root mound. We dug a moat around it to keep it from spreading. It is located at the end of the path between the flower and veg gardens. Now then here is a shot showing the two quadrants now mulched. Do you notice anything different on this foto?
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    Well, in our little area of the complex we are surrounded by interesting and varied personalities. A number of weeks ago I showed some foto’s of the woman’s handy work—the painted glass on her greenhouse and her gourd pergola. Remember? She was growing the gourds in order to make lamps out of them. Well, the gourds have been harvested and are now hanging from the rafters of her garden shed.
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    She is also turning into a beaner. A beaner of noticeable proportions. Yes, her beginning is modest, but she has serious plans for expansion.
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    What she is doing is to build-up a collection of various been sorts. She will not eat any of the beans for the first years—just grow them, dry them and plant them the following year. I am impressed and hopeful for her, except that the beans are all grown outside and open to cross-pollination. Her idea is good, but her technique is not scientific. My fingers are crossed for her, but I am a wee bit skeptical. We shall see.
     
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    Logan Young Pine

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    Looks great Sjoerd
    Yes it's good to mulch, I collect a lot of leaves from up the road on the paths.
     
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    :smt023 What an interesting posting @Sjoerd. Yep, I did notice the difference in the photo. I have been using some composted grass for mulch - it all helps.
    I'll wager those beans will be fine :whistling: who needs science.
     
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    Looking good @Sjoerd :)

    I have some Bridgwater beans that I've been growing on for 10 years or so.

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    They don't cross pollenate easily, even when the bees visit them.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Cheers Loggie.
    Good that you have a leaf contact up the road from you. Very handy.

    Tetters—I am glad that you found this posting interesting. I am really hoping for her that her beans will turn out true. Her enthusiasm is so good to see.
    BTW— What was the difference that you noticed? You are the only one so far to have noticed a difference.

    Zigs—I do not recognise those Bridgewater beans. Perhaps we have another name for them here. I am very fond of beans myself as is my Bride. I may look into thee beans. We are already working on next years possibilities.
     
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    Right,, beans do not cross pollinate as a rule ! What you plant is what you get !
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I shall tell her your opinion Mart, she will be glad to hear that. I’m afraid that I made her feel a little unsure. Oh dear.
     
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    Well tell me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure someone moved all that grass behind the beds.... I can see the base of the trees now :confused:
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    You are spot on, Tetters. It was reeds rather than grass.
    You see, it was growing on the side of a RR line. You can’t see it but there is a small canal there between my garden and the elevated train track.
    Anyway, congrats on spotting the difference. Actually it was easy to see wasn’t it?
     
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    Yep, I'm fairly quick at easy things :headbang:
     
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    They are hard to get hold of, just had a google for them :(
     
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