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Jeffrey Hodgins
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Location: Yucatan Puebla Ontario BC
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Suspended Mulch: A mulch that rests on the branches and leaves of a crop or other support.

For some crops (like tomatoes, peppers) this would be a very bad thing to do. In my case I am using it for onions and leeks mostly.
Benefits: Shade, reduced evaporation, protection from heat, habitat soft bodied insects (like slugs)
Slugs, in an onions case are good, they don't eat onions and they help to control broad leaf weeds that are coming up.
Method: Cut grass and weeds about 12-18 inches long and shake lightly over the bed (make sure to avoid heavy clumps of weeds falling and crushing plants)
This process can be repeated after a few days when the weeds have dried out and lost some weight.



I think this method might be useful for other crops as well.
Crops to avoid, lettuce, any brasica
Crops to try it on, garlic, onions, leeks, chives, mint, oregano
Might be a good way to keep frost off of tomatoes in the fall.
 
chrissy bauman
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Location: Sunset Zone 27, Florida
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i think it might help fungus grow on the plants here, if the wind would let it even stay.
 
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