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Re: Mulch-corn stalks

  Where are you from in Mn?  I live close to Alexandria.....and have been
addicted to hostas for 4 or 5 years now!  I just think its fun to know
where others live in your state.....
  I like your corn stalk idea.  I know that Baily's; a big wholesale
nursery in St Paul use Sorghum for a cover crop, and then chopes it up and
spreads it on the fields for a mulch/fertilizer/compost .  Let me know how
it works out.
  How long have you been interested in hostas?

> From: Linda <falkora@smig.net>
> Subject: Mulch-corn stalks
> Date: Monday, October 09, 2000 11:37 AM
> Hi all garden mulchers,   I live in S.Minn. in the middle of endless 
> corn fields and it never ocurred to me until this morning that those 
> corn stalks might make good, free mulch, if run through the 
> chipper/shredder!  It takes so many leaves, shredded to make any 
> quantity of mulch and it's a lot of work to get the branches run 
> through our little chipper.  So I went out and got a wheel barrow 
> full of corn stalks, and ran them the shredder.  It made beautiful 
> fluffy mulch, not too fine, and I think it would break down fast like 
> leaves and not have to worry about robbing nitrogen like wood chips. 
> QUESTION:  Has anyone on the list tried this and were you happy with 
> the results?  Pros? Cons?  If I don't learn any negatives, I will go 
> ahead and try it and let you all know next year how it works.  Linda 
> K.
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