Ragweed and wingstem mulch, six months later
While I'm obsessing over
mulch, I thought you might enjoy seeing a followup about my wingstem
and ragweed mulch
from the middle of June. This is far from a controlled experiment
since three rounds of chicks spent their childhood scratching under the
so-mulched raspberries and
blackberries, adding extra nitrogen and stirring things up for
ultra-fast composting. So I wasn't surprised to see that all of
the weed leaves had completely disintegrated and even the stems were
quickly disappearing into the dirt.
The results in the woods
(the source of the wingstem and ragweed) were equally striking --- no
more tall weeds. This might be a pro or a con, depending on what
you're trying to do with an area. If you want to get rid of tall
weeds so you can grow shorter plants livestock will eat more readily,
it might be a great idea to cut the wingstem and ragweed just before
they bloom in June; but if you enjoy the flowers for your honeybees,
this might not be such a good source of mulch.
Our chicken waterer keeps the coop dry so our deep bedding comes out perfect for garden mulch.
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