Hackney Permaculture


I mulch, therefore i am
September 26, 2008, 7:49 pm
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Today was mulching day – we had Vanessa and Geri join us and the sun came out too, lovely.

Mulching (as I understand it) is the process of preparing areas of soil/weeds/land for planting by layering stuff on top which will given time and patience turn into lovely wonderful, fertile and weed-free soil.

We went for a layer of cardboard, a layer of hackney downs famous leaf compost, and a layer of garden cuttings from a neighbours garden:

Mulching - The First Cardboard Layer

Mulching - The first cardboard layer

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer

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It is my understanding, that there will always be weed seeds in the soil. There are billions of them. The process of mulching does not kill the weed seeds, it simply prevents the weeds seeds from germinating. Weed seeds need sunlight to grow. Mulching prevents the sunlight from reaching the seeds. Have you ever thought of your own composter? By having your own composter, you will always have a supply of rich compost for you garden and you will significantly reduce the amount of biodegradables that are going into the landfill. The Jora composter is the best on the market. It makes rich organic compost from food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, trimmings etc. It is also insulated for year round composting. The cardboard was a great idea, although it will take some time to decompose, and for the soil above it to reach the earth. I like to use newspaper over the soil, but under the topdress to suppress weeds and help retain moisture.

Comment by Mark Towridge

Hi Guys, I love to see everyone getting really involved in the Garden, especially now the weather has improved! My local Garden Centre were extremely helpful in helping me to select the correct Mulch for my requirements (and budget). I think they’re one of the largest Mulch Suppliers in the UK, but I might have got that confused with the Largest Mushroom Compost Suppliers! Eek!

Comment by Somerset Mulch Supplier




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