Jesse Fister wrote:Alright. Thank you for all these replies. I am starting to formulate a strategy in my mind. Let me rephrase:
Pig nuking is a last resort method that will work well.
Hand weeding should be easy in new soil. We can plant Nasturtium to out-compete the grass over areas we can't manage this coming year. Over the whole garden if necessary.
To plant, we should add some good soil in little pockets or rows, along with the seed, then mulch around it. Big leafed vegetables like squash and potatoes will help us shade out the grasses coming in. Start with potatoes first. Smaller herbs and vegetables may be more difficult to deal with, may require more hand weeding, and a careful eye to see what's growing and what isn't.
We should add compost pockets at intervals into the garden to aid the worm community.
What should I be adding as new mulch?
Is new mulch even necessary with all the bio-mass we have in this garden?
Does it ever work to just drop a seed into what's already there, without adding new soil/mulch?
The neighbor has a big supply of mature raspberry plants. How should we transplant them?
Jesse and Kyle
Steve Thorn wrote:I was driving out of my driveway this morning and noticed my neighbor's blooming pear tree that had blossoms on one small area opening, but the rest hadn't bloomed yet.
Under that section of the tree there was a brush pile about 5 ft high and wide and 10 ft long.
It appears that the brush pile my have created a warmer microclimate that caused the blossoms above it to open before the ones on the rest of the tree.
I have some Japanese plum trees that bloom very early in the year and almost always get hit hard from late frosts, but I keep them to hopefully be able to save the seeds from them and develop varieties that bloom later. I was thinking that this observance above may be a way to help keep the the area warmer on cold nights to minimize frost damage.
Has anyone else seen anything like this?