Hi I'm new to gardening and permaculture and just started a garden in winter. I have leftover plants and weeds from that time and I don't want to simply throw it away but would like to give it back to the soil somehow. I don't have any animals and the material isn't enough to start a compost pile. Iam thinking of using these leaves and stalks for mulch but I don't know if my newly seeded spring veggies will be able to push through the mulch. Should I chop up these greens and dig them into the soil? Won't that disturb the soil? I live in a semi arid area of Pakistan with mild winters, hot summers and humid monsoons. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Most of my vegetative growth from last season comes in the form of fruit tree wood that I cut down in late winter. For now, I am just putting that waste product into brush piles and letting it decompose, but once my trees are bigger the plan is to chip the wood and sell it.
From the looks of it, people are willing to pay about $2 a pound for my tree waste.
Location: Granada City (that's in the south of Spain)
posted 5 years ago
From spring on, we have to cut wild weeds so they don't cover our little trees, also to avoid wild fires in dry season (jun to september) we simply chop and drop with scythes.
Depending on the amount of rain, we have to chop and drop several times a year .
We don't have wood leftovers by now cause our trees are little ones, but all prunning from neighbours are welcome, vines and little branches, we cut them with prunning scissors and use as mulch. Bigger branches we use as as fence structure for the chickenyard (sort of Masai yard) or simply stock in piles for later use as firewood.
All organic stuff is welcome to improve soil. Just left it on top of the soil, never burry it.
chop and drop with scythe
In early spring ,weeds can take over the young trees, note that the tree zone is marked with a pole, to find young tree location
chop and drop weeds secuence around a young tree,
use scythe, cutting scissors or even a knife to chop and drop
work done by now, in spring have to repeat chop and drop several times to keep zone clear
cutting weeds outside our poperty to to clear the dirt road and avoid later wildfires.
Chopped weeds are carried inside the property for mulching, all organic material available is welcome
chop and drop next to dry season to avoid wild fires
more chop and drop to avoid wild fires near to the dry season
we have to clear the iside perimeter of the property and also chop and drop some
anti wild fire lanes around the chicken zone and other areas
more chop and drop in the young food forest next to dry season
The inside and outside of the Masai chicken yard is also chop and drop to avoid wildfires
Neighbors use to burn prunings and other organic materials, better use it to improve soil or save as firewood for later use