Chris Kott wrote:There are some specific instances where I will compost my dead plants rather than chop-and-drop.
If, for instance, I am cleaning up dead plant material that may harbour pests that I want to get rid of, that will go into a nice hot compost. Likewise if there were any plant contagion I want to be rid of, especially if I am planting plants of the same family in that space.
I really like the idea of intentional chop-and-drop with green manures, especially in conjunction with a well-timed seeding, such that quick-growing green manures out-compete non-crop plants. You get the first flush of "weeds" choked out, and a quick-growing green manure guild gets living root zones in the soil, supporting microbial life and getting the whole soil life bioreactor thing kickstarted.
This would need to be worked into the soil at least 6 inches for a startup garden space.
Tina Hillel wrote:Thanks Dr. Redhawk. The area I tried seeding is about 9 foot square where it fit in behind my water barrels. We do work in the compost material from the coop. Two years ago, my husband added a huge amount of manure from some local stables and the garden has acted weird since then. I think it was way too fresh and it "burned" the plants. I found it done when I got home from work as a surprise...
This year we are debating two separate garden beds to see who wins with our different methods😀 We figure as long as something grows, we both win!