Edging garden beds with logs
logs along the sides of permanent garden beds good, bad, or indifferent?
On the positive side,
edging your beds with logs increases the quality of your soil.
Not only do they catch topsoil that might try to erode away, they also
serve as breeding grounds for beneficial soil microorganisms, and
slowly rot down into top notch humus.
Log-lined beds are
pretty too, especially as mosses and mushrooms start to grow in the
rotting wood. And they'll ensure that you don't accidentally walk
on or mow the plants you care about.
don't really need to be concerned about the high carbon wood sucking
nitrogen out of your soil since the log is all one piece. (You
have even less to worry about if you're edging a bed of woody
perennials since they can handle a bit of nitrogen loss and will enjoy
the fungi that come along for the ride.)
On the other hand,
log-edged beds don't play well with grassy aisles maintained with a
lawnmower. You can't mow right up to the edge of the bed, so
weeds tend to grow up amid the logs and take over. Yes, I am
writing from experience --- our poor blueberry
patch got so weedy
last year I was afraid to let Mark mow it for fear he'd run over a
I'm trying out a new
method of dealing with weeds this year, in hopes we can keep that
downside of log-lined beds under control. First, I laid down a kill
mulch along the edge
of the bed I planned to line, then I rolled the logs into place and
added leaf mulch on both sides.
Of course, the real
reason I'm willing to give logs another try is the ninja
blade on Mark's new weedeater. I suspect one pass of
the weedeater will make short work of any nefarious honeysuckle and
wingstem trying to wiggle up in the unmown space beside the logs.
I'll be sure to let you know if I'm wrong as summer progresses.
Our chicken waterer is the permaculture solution
to healthy chickens --- low work and always pristine.
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