We will have 3 yards of mushroom compost delivered this week. When I begin filling my first wheelbarrow, I will think about the mulching techniques I have learned from many and various
gardeners over the past 10 years...
What I have learned so far:
1. This is a lot of work! So make it count for double the time & money: add nutrients while you mulch.
2. Apply it 2-3 inches deep to suppress weeds for the growing season. You still may get some, but usually they are easier to pull out of the loose mulch than the firm soil.
3. Make sure to leave your plants some wiggle room. Apply the mulch deeply, but leave it at least one inch away from the crown of the plant. Leave 2-3 inches of space all around tree trunks.
4. Do not apply hot compost (meaning mushroom compost or other nutrient rich sources) to woodland (e.g. ferns) or silver-leaved plants (lavender).
5. For garden areas in which you want to encourage self-seeding plants, use a garden fork to "tickle in" some compost over those areas. Christopher Lloyd talks all about this in his book Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure. He also covers many other aspects of ornamental gardens. (It is my favorite garden book\!)
6. If you are mulching with well-rotted mushroom compost, be sure to save some extra for patching you lawn, topping off your vegetable beds (or containers), and even your ornamental containers.
7. You know you are a real gardener when just thinking of rotted plant and animal material gives you excited butterflies in your stomach... as opposed to the queasiness that most people feel in their stomachs.
Sister-in-Law was moving in, and we needed to pack the 10'x10' bedroom with tons of built-in storage! We decided to DIY a custom closet kit from scratch to maximize storage and give her enough space to forgo a dresser! Mission accomplished!
I am totally in love with Owls right now! I had to make a tree skirt this year with them on it. I used recycled wool sweaters mostly from garage sales, I created the design and used Adobe
Illustrator to make an SVG file so that I could cut them out using my cricut machine. I cut out heat n bond, Iron it to the sweater and hand cut the actual sweater. Then once the skirt is all made and the ruffle is sewn into place, I add on the owls. This is one of my favorite creations! I am so excited to be making christmas stuff already! These skirts are available at www.thelittlegreenbena.etsy.com