Today we reached a milestone in mulching. With Sassy watching from the middle of the garden, we used the last bag of wood mulch with many editions of the NW Arkansas-Democrat flapping in the breeze. The papers were ready to fly throughout the neighborhood, like the balloon follies of Cleveland.
Remember the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, when the ice cream cone was supposedly invented? The vendor ran out of dishes and reached for waffles from his neighbor, thereby inventing the ice cream cone.
Today will be remembered for doing the same with Peat. We scooped it onto the newspaper foundation - fast, easy, and effective. The directions on the package will be simple:
- Peat on the newspaper base.
| I knew a businessman who tried to make a mint|
with manure - Barnyard Gold!
Too soon - he was far ahead of his time.
|Thrivent bragged they had a fraudulent, drug addicted, immoral financial cheat as their main speaker. Surely they would back my Re-Peat business!|
|Buckwheat holds down weeds and builds the soil, seeding itself, as I learned to my sorrow last year, two crops engulfed the rose bushes.|
|Gabe Brown says, "Leave living roots in the ground as long as possible."|
| Two area physicians have said, "Greg, your roses are in a different league."|
Yes, Creation League.
- Mulch with leaves, grass, hay, newspapers, cardboard, and shredded wood.
- Let the earthworms and soil creatures mix, tunnel, fertilize, and aerate the soil. Moles are also handy for soil mixing and earthworm moving and storage.
- Entice the birds with toxin-free plants, abundant watering places, perches for preening and spotting food, various kinds of food and shelter.
- Mulch over the weeds, which become compost. Ignore some for their rooting value, until they need to be cut.
- Let's talk frankly about blackspot. The colored roses introduced this problem via the Grandpappy Persian Yellow rose. Unsprayed roses will spot somewhat and still do well. Sprayed roses will harm beneficial soil fungi and yet the blackspot will still be around. Ignoring blackspot is free and helps the soil. Plants need healthy soil a lot more than they need manufactured chemicals from the hardware store. Hint - smell the chemical aisles. Walk down - take a deep breath - gag.
|The birds eat our berries, so we get them from Walmart.|