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Mike Haasl wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.

Chop and Drop is a technique where you cut unwanted plants and use the cuttings as a smothering mulch on other unwanted plants - while simultaneously mulching around desired plants.

Usually, 3 square feet of area would be chopped to fully smother-mulch 1 square foot.

Here is one related post on the subject Build abundance with chop and drop

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - Chop materials and mulch 50 square feet of desirable plants.
  - Chopped area likely needs to be 150 square feet

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  - Photo of the area prior to mulching
  - Photo after mulching

Clarifications:
  - You may chop material from another area if needed

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Here’s the first tree before mulching
Here’s the first tree before mulching
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Second tree before mulching
Second tree before mulching
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First tree after mulching
First tree after mulching
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Second tree after mulching, I did 2 tree to make up 50 sq ft
Second tree after mulching, I did 2 tree to make up 50 sq ft
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I chopped and dropped around 2 fruit trees, 5’x5’ each.  I added chopped grass from a pathway that had to be cleared and old dried mustard/radish seed stalks from around the orchard.
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Mike Haasl wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.

Chop and Drop is a technique where you cut unwanted plants and use the cuttings as a smothering mulch on other unwanted plants - while simultaneously mulching around desired plants.

Usually, 3 square feet of area would be chopped to fully smother-mulch 1 square foot.

Here is one related post on the subject Build abundance with chop and drop

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - Chop materials and mulch 50 square feet of desirable plants.
  - Chopped area likely needs to be 150 square feet

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
  - Photo of the area prior to mulching
  - Photo after mulching

Clarifications:
  - You may chop material from another area if needed

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9ft by 6ft area where I am going to chop and drop around a lilac bush and a sunflower.
9ft by 6ft area where I am going to chop and drop around a lilac bush and a sunflower.
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Note: congratulations. for the future, concentrate the mulch into a smaller area to make it thicker, it looks like more than 50 square feet covered. thank you.

 
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'tis the season! Mulching my fruit trees with in-place and ghost-acre plant matter.
The benefit of using something like a sickle over something like a weedwhacker is evident in Figure 3: preserving self-sown apricot seedlings
if people love or hate this template format I tried, feedback would be much appreciated
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I cut down a large area covered entirely in a blanket of small jewelweed plants, which are lovely to have around but certainly tends to be rather agressive.

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An ocean of emerald beauty
An ocean of emerald beauty
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After cutting
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - Chop materials and mulch 50 square feet of desirable plants.
 - Chopped area likely needs to be 150 square feet

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - Photo of the area prior to mulching
 - Photo after mulching



I mulched around an apple tree, cherry tree, and plum tree using mullein, comfrey, winter rye, burdock, alfafa, and clover.
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