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.
Any more tips from my fellow gardeners?
Commented on Apr 06, 2013
We've just completed the spring clean up & soil amending for the season. After racking all the
leaves to the center of the yard, my husband mows over the huge piles several times. Then we leave the shrunken piles while we spread a mixture of compost from my 2 compost piles, along with peat moss, mushroom compost, top soil & composted cow manure to my flower beds. With the exception of the top soil, at least everything is light weight. After that is completed, we move the new debris piles to our emptied compost bins. Check out our gardening website: www.glenviewgardeners.org & please like us on FB - Glenview Gardeners Club
Does anyone have any idea what on earth this is? I found it randomly growing in my yard, yesterday.
Commented on Jan 09, 2013
Our garden club's meeting last night was on Herbs & I'm now positive of my previous
description. It's called Lovage & is a native plant in the parsley family in my area.
Our speaker had slides that looked just like your pic. You can read a bit of the progrm info on the calender page for 1/8/12 of our website below, then google his name for his contact info. Public is always welcome to our presentations every 2nd Tues. Please 'like' us on Facebook! www.glenviewgardeners.org
This lake forms with each rain in varying degrees. It lies between ours and the neighbor's yard and over the years has been leaving our yard growing larger in the neighbor's. We
approached them about putting in a drainage system and were told they did that 20 years ago and weren't about to do it again. This happens up and down our street between houses and as a group we had gone before the village council with complaints. This past summer street work was done which included larger piping and grates being installed. We were told the problem was fixed.
This is the reason our sump pumps work so hard and never seem to last. Does anyone have any ideas? I am open to all suggestions except moving.
Commented on Dec 13, 2012
Plant a rain garden with beautiful bog plants. Improves the looks of your yard, helps control
the water problem, & purifies the ground water. Our village subsidizes costs if you follow their suggestions. Do some research online. Good luck.