Janet Reed

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since Jun 14, 2020
Veteran, 21 years in greenhouses..10 years in an undisclosed occupation, 12 years boarding and training dogs. Retired to work more!
Dry mountains Eastern WA
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Take the screens off your windows in the fall…..amazing
2 weeks ago
Bark, like decorator bark does not really decompose well.   I tried it once and had bark chunks 3 years later. I have access to bark but would never use it for mulching.That’s a personal choice.  I do use lots of old bark in hugels under deep soil.

The chips I use are like horse bedding; very small.  I re mulch yearly on most spots or bi yearly on a few.  My goal is to not only mulch but to build the soil.  I want things that I mulch with to decompose and make my soil deeper and richer.  And it holds moisture really well.  I water less.

Sometimes around prolific plants (like the cat mint I just cut back) I chop and drop 4-6 inches deep of plant material that serves the same purpose. By spring it’s pretty gone.

Again, if I do get weeds with mulching they are easy to pull.
Hope you’re okay!
2 months ago
Just be sure when you bait the only food available is the peanut butter.  Put everything else where they can’t get to it.

If you bait it….they will come…..
2 months ago
I just built another big flower bed…over established grass.  I put down thick cardboard and all the comfrey cut from about 30 huge plants for mulch.  Then dirt.  I’ve done this many times.  The big old stocks and leaves will be lovely black stuff by spring no matter how bad the soil is on top.  

I used it to top dress my garlic beds last year.  I just pile it on after planting and throw sawdust on top.  No weeds.

If I was going to dry it I would hang stalks and all.  

It’s just more expeditious to pile it on green.
2 months ago
GOPHER HAWK…. You by it on Amazon.  It is the best no fail gopher trap I have ever seen or used.  I cleaned out my gophers in a season.  With one trap.. my friend has three traps and he cleaned his horrible infestation out.
3 months ago
I would never sacrifice asparagus.  I would water heavily and the quack grass pulls easily.  You just need to be diligent.
3 months ago
I have to agree with Scott…I made low flat hugels for potatoes this year and they are wonderful!  I have a glut of nice sized fingerlings.  

I do question tall hugels for certain crops and in certain conditions.  I don’t think there’s a one answer for this.  I think it’s more that you suit the hugel to your crop and environment. It’s a method…
3 months ago
I have comfrey growing in a number of locations and and alongside cement and structures.  No problems.
Oooo!  Tomorrow I’ll play!