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Organic Gardening: what is the best mulch for a square foot organic garden

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Lillyz
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2007
5:15 PM

Post #3503837

started weeding, already. Is it too early too mulch my veggies? and if it is when is a good time to mulch? I have peppers, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peas and other plants that I want to mulch before the weeds try to take over. What is the best mulch for a square foot organic garden? I have 2 3"x3' and 1 4' x 4' raised beds. I have a mulching mower so I cant use grass clippings. Any help would be appreciated.

Lilly
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2007
5:26 PM

Post #3503873

Shoot, I love grass clippings.

Straw is fine, as are pine needles, chopped leaves, that sort of thing. Make sure you don't put it too close to the plant stems. Weed first. (I love the hand hoe I got at Johnnys.)

I would not mulch the peppers, or at least not deeply. They like the soil warm. ('Course, I don't know how hot your soil get so maybe you do want to mulch them). Cukes do too, but maybe not as seriously. If the peppers are planted closely, the weed problem will quickly disappear. Mulch your tomatoes, beans, and peas for sure. Deep mulches are best.
Tropicanna
Clemmons, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #3503890

Last year we put lanscaping fabric in between the rows of the garden, then covered it with straw, and everything liked it just fine. We have typically used straw because our garden is pretty big. For your size garden though, I would probably put some shredded newspaper in with the straw mulch. I 've planted things in holes with newspaper liningthe hole and the earthworms really love it.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2007
6:34 PM

Post #3504096

Is shredded junk mail considered "organic"? *evil chuckle"
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #3505628

My mulching mower came with something so you could catch the grass clippings in a bag instead if you wanted to--I wonder if yours has something like that too, or maybe you could buy one?
johnsonjrbm
Olympia, WA
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2007
6:32 PM

Post #3507891

"Is shredded junk mail considered "organic"? *evil chuckle""

Of course it is. It's nearly pure manure...
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #3507917

LOL I was thinking about the inks used in printing - I know that they are non-toxic - bu tare they organic?
steph_gem
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 27, 2007
4:45 PM

Post #3541518

If you use grass clippings do you get the seeds comming up?
jkehl
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #3550780

Nope Steph_gem. Most grass is cut long before it has time to send up seed stalks.
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
11:06 AM

Post #3551775

I'd never use a landscape fabric. I'm always pulling up the ten-year-old one the last owners put down for weed suppression. It suppressed weeds for a couple of years, then weeds formed on the mulch and put down roots through the fabric. The soil underneath is nearly useless, as it hasn't been fed, and the worms went away. Hate the stuff. The mulch should suppress weeds, cool roots AND feed your soil.

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