Paul Cereghino wrote:
I don't like buying in or hauling in organic matter...
Let me see if I understand this. If i put down a deep enough layer of mulch (straw/hay) it will suppress the weeds and grass without the need of cardboard/newspaper?
irollaround wrote:I ask b/c I built raised beds last year using cardboard but after reading Paul's info about the glue in cardboard, I think I'd rather not use it.
I'm not a fan of using newspaper or cardboard either.
Just start with dried or fresh lucerne hay and you will be fine.
How deep was your layer and what was it exactly? Straw or hay?
More mature the meadow is, longer the hay is. That's what you want with this method.
I was also thinking of using leaves the same way as i did it with hay. At least 20+ cm deep layer of leaves. A nice layer of soil and leaf mold in a year time + leaf mulch.
Also, if you bring leaves or hay on a place full of living plants you win. More soil in less time. Of course you could also add fresh om.
I heard buckwheat grows better in poor soil. Cowpeas being to good to his neighbor?
It is good nutrient rich mulch, but it rots fast (unlike straw), which means that after a year or two weeds will start to grow up through your hay mulch unless you constantly maintain it with more hay.
But wouldn't it be more efficient to feed the hay to animals, turn it into meat, milk, eggs, wool, leather AND manure to go back to the garden instead of feeding the hay straight to the soil?