Wool in the Garden
Jacquie Berger wrote:
Yes, it makes an excellent mulch. I believe such sheets of mulch are sold
in South Africa and Australia.
I have recently learned that most Connecticut sheep farmers do not use or
sell their wool, so truckloads of excess wool have been going to waste. So
my question is: will wool make good mulch or compost?
A friend of mine from high school now runs the Penn's Corner Farm Alliance
in Western PA -- he was involved in a project to turn this wool into
planter liners (for use instead of the coconut fiber sold in garden centers
for windowboxes and the like). I bought some in my garden center (not
knowing he was involved) for a windowbox we installed on our gate last year
-- it worked *great*!
The problem is one of distribution rather than of utility -- wool mulch or
liner works great, but getting US garden centers to give it shelf space is
something else again! :-(
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
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St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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