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Re: Re: much too much mulch

Thanks for the ideas Marge. I have a double compost bin, but these are
full of leaf mold, that will be used over the next few months and spring
cleanup, awaiting shredding. No room near it.

No room left for new planting beds and I don't grow food.

With my small lot there isn't any unused space. However, on one side of
me there is an easement area that one of the neighbors used years ago to
grow some 4H projects. It's a real mess and it breeds all sorts of weeds
I have to fight with. It's difficult for me to access, but if I could
lug the stuff over there and mulch the area with the straw it might keep
new stff from coming up along that fence at least for this year. I'll
try to wet it down as you suggested.


-------Original Message-------
From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
Sent: 03/24/03 11:36 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] much too much mulch

> Well, Kitty, don't know if you have a spot, but if you do, pile it
up, watering each layer and adding a few handfuls of something high
nitrogen, like blood meal, and let it rot.  Key to rotting straw,
IMO, is to make sure it's damp thru' as you make the pile.  If you
pile it dry and just water the top, the center never gets wet.  That
huge pile will rot down pretty fast once the weather is warm IF you
add nitrogen.  If you don't, it will rot, but it will take some time
to do it.  Do you have a compost heap?  Is there room for another
'straw' heap next to it, if you do?

Alternately, if you have a shrub border with something in front of
it; you can use this to mulch the back part, where it's not so
visible.  My problem with straw is the nice golden color, which sorta
stands out like a sore thumb.  You can mash it down and put some bark
mulch - or even leaves - on top to hide the color if it shows.

Or, you could use it to start a new planting bed for future - pile it
where you want the bed, stomp it down and then throw leaves and other
organic stuff on it all season - hose it down periodically to keep it
damp and by next year, you ought to have a nice bed of stuff to plant
something in with the addition of a bit of soil and what-not.

If you have a veggie bed, it makes a good mulch for veggies - or you
can use it to mulch the paths between raised veggie beds.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Kitty Morrissy <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
> This is going to sound sort of a stupid question.  I removed and
> the 2 bales of straw I used for winter mulch - now what?  I've
> straw before; it doesn't really reduce much, fast.  There's a huge
> of it covering about 12 feet of a wide path, 2-3 feet high.  I have
> use for it as a summer mulch or for paths.  What do I do? Kitty

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