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!