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Re: Re: CULT: Lazy Man's New Flower Bed

  • Subject: [PHOTO] Re: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: Lazy Man's New Flower Bed
  • From: "Pearl Doyle" pdoyle@our-town.com
  • Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 17:49:32 -0500

I've been doing this kind of gardening for more about 14 years. When I moved here I discovered there was no topsoil at all but it is very porous rock. It's ideal for irises and most bulbs because it drains so well.
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Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 10:18 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: Lazy Man's New Flower Bed

This is my third year doing this.  Thought some of you might be interested.  My yard had the topsoil stripped and sold when the house was built 35 years ago.  I lay down 6 layer thickness of newsprint (any less and the dandelions and clover find their way through) overlapping all joints.  Then lay on at least 8 inches of (very fluffy) horse manure compost and let it sit until next year, when I will dig only where I'm planting and use the soil from the bottom of the hole for the top 4 inches, mixing the rest in the hole.  Any weeds that sprout between (very few from blown-in seeds) are really easy to pull out of this light, fluffy compost.  So far, no rot in my climate doing this.
BTW, this was not my idea. I read it somewhere on the internet and decided to try it.
Anybody have a picture of Bernice's Legacy?  Stalk up on it and I bought it sight unseen.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5

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