Saturday, June 29, 2013

@The Prepper Project: The Pros and Cons of Deep Mulch Gardening

In the deep tropics, I'd be dropping mulch like crazy. But for everywhere else? It really depends on what your goals are and how much area you're working.

This week I take a deeper look at deep mulch over at The Prepper Project.

5 Comments:

At June 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM , Blogger jean said...

David, this is honestly one of the best posts I've seen on mulching. You are so right about the pros and cons and it works for some and not for others. Here on our homestead, whenever we prune or deadhead, as long as there is no disease, we put it all back down around the food plants. The rains do a nice job of mashing down the mulch and over time, it all becomes beautiful, organic soil. Our chickens do the "tilling" job for us when they hunt for bugs. It's great. Great post, David.

 
At June 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Blogger George G said...

Great article, thanks.
I always like to read the realistic pros and cons of gardening methods,
rather than just evangelical like praise, that you so often hear.
I am a big fan of woodchip mulching.
Mainly because I get the chips free, and I have poor sandy soil, and a smaller garden area in an suburban area.
But its a massive job for me to spread 10 cubes by wheelbarrow.
I've never had a slug or snail problem though - maybe because there are so many wild critters running around here.

 
At June 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Sure thing. I've found that there's rarely one "fix-all" method. Gardening has so many variables that you really need to play around and experiment and feel out your own patch of ground to find what works. I love woodchips too, especially when they come from whole trees that were chipped branches, leaves and all. If I had a small plot, I'd probably use them more often.

 
At June 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Thanks, Jean. Where you are in the tropics, it makes really good sense. The decay rate is incredible.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Nice work.

 

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