Win a copy of Straw Bale Building Details this week in the Straw Bale House forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Anne Miller
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
stewards:
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Dave Burton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Mike Barkley
  • Shawn Klassen-Koop
  • Pearl Sutton

Would you choose Bee Turf or Woodchips for Garden Pathways  RSS feed

 
Posts: 17
Location: Vancouver, BC
urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Which is better in the pathways between 1 foot tall raised beds: bee turf or wood chips?

A local seed company is selling bee turf that contains this seed mix:

Baby Blue-Eyes
Creeping Daisy
Creeping Thyme
Dwarf California Poppy
English Daisy
Five-Spot
Johnny Jump-Up
Roman Chamomile
Sheep Fescue
Strawberry Clover
Sweet Alyssum
White Clover
Yellow Daisy

I'm wondering if it might be at least as good or an even better idea to plant bee turf. I can always mulch the beds and the bee turf with fall leaves every year and chop/drop unedible parts of my veggies into the raised beds.

Is this mix likely to invade 1' tall raised beds of annual vegetables?
What do I do after this mix blooms? Am I suppose to leave it alone? Does it rebloom and provide more bee food this season if I chop it down, etc?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
 
gardener
Posts: 5731
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
818
books chicken dog duck fish forest garden fungi homestead hugelkultur hunting pig
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That mix would be pretty good for pathways since many of them can take crushing under foot.
The creeping plants will need to be trimmed occasionally I would think.
This mix will have something blooming all through the year, and this would be something you don't chop and drop or mulch unless you want it to go away. (many of those plants are perennial or will reseed themselves)

Forest moss is what we are growing for use in our part shade to full shade paths because it is a. naturally occurring on our land and b. it is very wear resistant once established.

Redhawk
 
PI day is 3.14 (march 14th) and is also einstein's birthday. And this is merely a tiny ad:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!