Perhaps this is so where you live, but I think that in general dew collects on the surface of things and mulch, like the hay mulch I use, collects a massive amount of dew because of the huge surface area of all the individual strands. Dry leaf mulch (particularly with leaves not chopped) on the other hand, will only collect some dew on the upper surface, and this collected dew will quickly evaporate. I find that when we had extended drought the deeper the mulch, the more the soil surface held moisture, and the more dew the mulch seemed to hold (by observing relative dampness on different mulched areas). Where I live, though, the air is often cool at night from the mountains draining cold air, and the warm beds natural condense a lot of moisture. So it might have something to do with the type of mulch you experimented with, or your relative day to night temperatures. Definitely it's a climate based thing, but I'm surprised by your assertion that mulch reduces dew collection. It is often used by Geoff Lawton in desert designs partly for this reason.
Usually, I avoid mulch as in our climate, it reduces dew collection in the summer
You could weave an arch around a disk of firewood that sort of acts as a plug/door that just gets pulled out of the arch or placed in the arch. If it rots, get a new one.
oh... now that's an idea. I wonder how I can incorporate that into the next garden. It would be pretty easy if I used an old plastic compost bin, but natural materials? Not sure. Something to think about.
I find that when we had extended drought the deeper the mulch, the more the soil surface held moisture, and the more dew the mulch seemed to hold (by observing relative dampness on different mulched areas).
Hans Quistorff wrote:What is it with the top multiplying walking onions? I thought they went dormant because of the cold but I kept some warm in the greenhouse and they would not grow until February so it must be the day length.
r ranson wrote:Good king Henry seems to be dead, but the walking onions and kale are thriving.
Plan for this year is tomatoes and cucumbers.
It seems kind of obvious what the inverted 5 gallon are for in the garden, but I thought I'd ask for more information about those.