Sheri Menelli wrote:Hi,
I know everyone talks about how great straw is but I am now a bit concerned about it. Another friend who knows far more than I do on Permaculture mentioned how many pesticides they use on it. So, I still have straw in my yard and it is too late to get rid of it but I don't think I'll buy more unless I can find an organic source for it.
Brian Vagg wrote:Tal - Great suggestion! I will be planting a number woody n-fixers. I am thinking about some black locust trees that I can chop and drop after a few years.
Brian Vagg wrote:Thanks for the suggestion of vines. I will have fruit trees that will be in the middle of the lawn. I will look for some type of fruiting vine that produces quickly (years 1 -2) and get a few years of good crops before the fruit trees shade it out. Any suggestions on an early producing vine for my zone? That wall is SW facing so it gets full sun all day long. Grapes would be one of my first thoughts. I do have good producing grapes already on the property so something different from grapes would be nice. But I can always make raisins with the surplus.
Vester Stevens wrote:I'm a firm believer in Ruth Stout's mulch method. Use hay instead of straw, and if you can find it, use moldy hay, about 6 inches deep. It's better at moisture retention and contributes to better soil improvement. Once you have your perennials in place, following Stout's and Fukuoka's methods will greatly reduce your garden work.
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