Fall mulching in the forest garden
radishes I slipped into gaps in the forest garden in early September have formed a sea of
yellow-green, but it's time to give that area a little more TLC.
Mark pulled out the dead
tomato vines, put away stakes, and
laid down kill mulches to expand each tree's mulched area to the
Meanwhile, I ripped out
weeds and pushed back mulch to open up bare ground beyond the trees'
likely root zone. Tossing down rye
seeds there will
result in homegrown mulch in the spring.
While I was at it, I
broke apart a stump that had been slowly decaying beside one of my
apple trees. Other forest garden beds are full of the fluffiest,
darkest soil imaginable from my hugelkultur donuts, and this bed could use a
woody boost too. I laid the stump pieces rotted-side-down close
to the tree so the organic matter will work its way into the soil
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