More On Mulch

Today I took a break mid-day and rode down to the river, where Sarah mentioned a friend (who works for a tree service) might have some shredded wood we could have. Along the way I stopped by the town shed as I had also been told that they took town shreddings there. When I got to the river I didn’t find much of what I was looking for, but I did come upon a landscaper mowing a large overgrown lawn nearby leaving behind copious amounts of lawn clippings. Now I am not always fond of lawn clippings — especially from immaculate suburban lawns — because they might include residual weed-and-feed chemicals, or even insecticides, but its a statistical fact that …

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The Nose Knows

Walking downtown just now to drop off some packages at the Post Office, I got my first whiff of Viburnum (though I couldn’t see it). I’d seen some blooming around town earlier this week, but no fragrant ones that I could find. There is also a substantial Wisteria on Washington St, but it seems not to have any fragrance, either…I’m going to have to check the one out at Bellevue and see if it does, because I would like to have one (a fragrant one) on the arbor in the garden.

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The Value Of Compost

Looking at the garden this morning made apparent just why one wants to include a decent amount of compost in the bed prep of a new potager, especially here in the clay-lands. That inch of rain we got came down hard, and clay packs tight under those conditions, but the beds that got a quarter inch or so of compost mixed into the surface were able to evaporate all the water they needed yesterday when the sun came out. Those that just got compost in the furrow (then closed over with the existing soil) cracked badly because the only way the water could get out was to crack the surface, which not only makes cultivation more difficult, but also makes …

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