I wonder if wool could work similarly to ward off slugs and snails. Again, you'd have to have a way to make sure it doesn't blow away....
Leah Sattler wrote:
wow! thats one I hadn't heard! I bet it would mat down good and be a great weed barrier, I would give it a shot for sure it might be a good thing that it takes a little longer to break down in some situations.
the price of wool has dropped?
we have meet breed sheep, never much demand and have a ways to travel!fuel and my time have made selling sheep wool a low priority! main market was china and they aint buying much of anything! were it has dropped in the fields it has killed out what ever was under so i was thinking that for long term area mulch it would work well!
what breed of sheep to you have? I have considered getting some sheep just for pasture rotation since they supposedly like graze more than goats but I never worked out the copper issue. not well informed about them yet but what little research I have done turned up that I probably wanted hair sheep. of course daughter wants 'baby doll' sheep. which appear useless to me.
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I saw in a magazine people selling giant pumpkin sized "rocks" made of felted wool for like a 1000 bucks....
But I think wool would work as a mulch. Though I'd rather spin it or use it for stuffing/batting first. Or you could felt big slabs of it and use it for insulation.
I have two grocery bags of raw cotton from cutting up a futon (I made a twin mattress adn a dog bed from a scrounged--clean, just ripped--futon). I was thinking about using it as mulch too. It's full of seeds, but cotton doesn't grow here(it it could sprout but it would be sickly). Anybody know what nutrients are in raw cotton? If there's anything good/significant I'll use it to amend.
I am using excess wool to make mattress pads and dog beds. You can use old duvet covers or pillow cases from a thrift store and not do much finishing or sewing. Just put a few tufts of yarn through it every few inches to hold the wool in place.
wyldthang wrote:Anybody know what nutrients are in raw cotton? If there's anything good/significant I'll use it to amend.
Cotton fibers are used by chemists as a nearly pure source of cellulose (e.g., "guncotton).
Cottonseed, on the other hand, is very rich in protein. Dairies in my home town use it as feed. I've read that replacing half the wheat in bread dough with cottonseed meal would mean a typical fast-food hamburger would have more protein in the bun than in the patty.
If you want to use it in soil, you might make a potting mix with just cotton and compost. I guess heating the cotton first to sterilize the seeds would make sense, in that case.
swamp donk wrote:
any one used wool as mulch? price does not even cover shipping now so have a lot of wool to dispose of! wont burn it and it takes forever to rot in the compost piles!
I bet wool would make very good potting mix, with some leaf mold. It will stay fibrous and absorbent for a long time, and will gradually release N as the plant ages, rather than gradually taking it away. This study says it's good for the soil overall, but discourages some (but not all) mycorrhiza.
For the trivia-minded: the Trabant's body panels were made of wool-reinforced polymer composite when wool prices were low.
it was pretty thick but the weeds still managed to make their way through! however it did slow them down and Im sure in time as it breaks down its good for the soil !
It's an interesting book, viz. permaculture. It focuses on the design of guilds, without ever using that word. What a permaculturist would call establishing a guild, it terms "matrix planting".
It also focuses almost exclusively on ornamental plants, and seems to take for granted the idea that no-till methods are not for the kitchen garden.
For compost, the best part would be the tags and stuff that's full of manure anyway, although meat sheep, with their shorter wool, might not have as much of a problem as the longer-wooled breeds.
personaly i would seek out craft shops and or groups to sell or give to rather than use as mulch or compost, all that wool could be spun knitted and keep someone warm, be it a loved one or a homeless person.
And takes longer to degrade in your garden than plastic too! You said it yourself: if it doesn't compost, it will just accumulate in the open garden.
Wool is one of the most durably valuable products of any kind -- add some value dude!
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The book is written by Charlie Ryrie called the sabiduria del jardinero the wisdom of the gardener, a rough transalation. I have looked him up and he has written lots of books on gaie and permaculture type things. I did not find a biography on him.
This book does bennies and companion planting, plant guilds, mulching and medieval ideas on gardening, how to make curing oils, and such and it mentions putting wool into the soil to lighten it up and in the end feed the soil, wool is protein thats why biological powders are bad for it, they have protein dissolving ingredients to deal with protein stains gravy and blood . This is what i learnt from biology classes forty years ago, i was lucky enough to have a good teacher in biology.
If you have a lot of land you could have a slow compost heap of old clothes and furniture. I have one, it annoys other people but i have it, the idea came from a good gaie gardening book i lent to others, maybe it was also written buy Charlie Ryrie, I did not memorise the name of the writer, i did not realise that gardening book writers are normally famouse gardeners or orgfanics people or something of the sort. The book also suggested having a small wood to provide wood for the house if you are not a clean energy fiend or if you have a rocket or masonary stove that burns clean.
You could make felt out of it, that must be the easiest thing to make, you just have to shrink it up I imagine.
It is a good idea using it as aislation in the house i am always wondering adout natural aislation materials cork is the one i think of. Make felt and die it and have patches of colour hanging on the wall or make a tibetan mongolian tent and boycot chinese shops, they are all over the world, if everyone did it we could stop them torturing and giving forced abortions and sterilising without anesthetics tibetan women, and pushing all tibetans into the worse jobs . agri rose macaskie.
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