Different kinds of mulch

Yesterday, I reported on the pine mulch round the rhubarb. Today, the post is about a less successful kind of mulch: homemade compost.

When I moved the compost bin from the patch where I planted this year’s garlic, I left the residual contents on top of the soil. Now, I have tried to stop seeds getting into the bin but clearly there must have been quite a few, in view of what is starting to grow with the garlic.

Of course, I could blame the birds for depositing seed. Unfair and untrue, at least to this extent, as there are hundreds of seedlings of something. I can’t quite work out what it is but when it gets bigger, I’ll be taking it out.

On the Soil to Sky MOOC I did last spring, I learned that weeds are a good mulch. However, since garlic is purported not to like competition, their proliferation is not something I wish to countenance.

So, will I continue to use compost as mulch? Ultimately, it is inevitable, unless I stop moving the bin. That is a necessary evil, however, if I want to get the finished product out. And what else would I do with it?

Must try harder to avoid seeds going into the mix in the first place!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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13 Responses to Different kinds of mulch

  1. Maybe the birds had the runs

  2. jeffpermie says:

    At that stage and with this good weather, a quick hoe strike on a sunny day will kill them off nicely.

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    I agree with Jeff. Our compost is always full of seeds so I try not to use it as mulch but bury it or dig it in. No matter how hard we try we can’t keep all the seeds out and the heat in the compost bins doesn’t get high enough to kill them.

  4. Lucky garlic getting spoilt with compost. I have no idea how weeds get into compost but they do. Have you tried straw or hay as mulch? Garlic loathe sharing their space with weeds ๐Ÿ™‚

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