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Sheet mulching and drip irrigation

  • Subject: [cg] Sheet mulching and drip irrigation
  • From: "Diane Dodge" dianefaydodge@hotmail.com
  • Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 13:27:16 -0600

Dear Tom and Adam,

Tom, you wrote:

One recommendation I would make is more about a low maintenance
technique than plant type. Try sheet mulching around your plants.

If everyone is not familiar with this, it basically means putting down
butcher paper (available in long rolls 2', 3' or even 4' wide), or
newspaper or cardboard (lasts longer). Water it when you put it down,
then keep it in place by covering it with compost or straw (avoid woody
mulches). This keeps weeding to a minimum, plus helps retain soil
moisture. Works especially well around big round plants like tomatoes,
squash, etc. For bedding plants you can still sheet mulch your
pathways to keep weeds down there.

Good luck. I like your thinking here.

Adam, you wrote:

For "automatic pilot," gardening, I really like drip hoses - so all the well
meaning soul needs to do is turn on the water, and the roots get nice and wet.

These techniques could be a marriage made in heaven!

Happy Gardening,

Diane Dodge

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