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 07, 2013
I use wet newspapers before mulching. It helps stop weeds and water I nutrients get through.
I've been slowing making my way through the kitchen and yesterday I cleaned the microwave. The burned-on stains are the tough to remove but with a trick up my sleeve the task was much
easier. Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil for about 30 seconds in the microwave and then stop the heating mode. Let it stand for several minutes. The vapor will help loosen up the stains and make them much easier to remove. #MyKitchen
I finally found Looking Glass spray paint today at WalMart. They had told me they didn't carry it but I found 4 cans behind some frosted spray paint. Yeah me ! I went to the local church
run second hand shop and bought 2 glass pieces for just $2.00 total. I'm going to wash them really good tonight and tomorrow I will attempt to spray them. In the picture is 2 a mercury glass piecse I already have. I hope mine turn out just as nice.
You spend 1/3 of your life with your head on your pillow, but have you ever cleaned it? You probably toss your sheets in the washing machine every week or so, but it's just as important to de-funk your pillows!
A few great tips:
- Toss two pillows in the washing machine at a time. This way, the machine will stay balanced while it spins.
- When you throw your pillows in the dryer, also
add in a couple of tennis balls wrapped in white socks. They'll help to refluff your pillows!
Here are more tips: http://blog.brightnest.com/2012/09/19/pillow...
Commented on Sep 19, 2012
I put my oam pillows in the freezer to kill the little varments in there . then put them in
the dryer to de-lint and de varment them. Of course you can wash the covers.