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Re: Re: seedling beds

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: seedling beds
  • From: iris4u2@comcast.net
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 21:41:54 +0000

Linda, I use a light layer of chipper mulch (ground tree branches) on every other row.  On a good year we get about 15" of moisture, this includes our snow melt.  The mulch allows the roots to stay cooler and use the available moisture a little longer.  I avoid the peaks and valleys between watering or getting rain.  We have been on water restrictions the last 4 years I believe and in a drought for about 6 although we good good moisture at the right times.  I think we sitting at about 11" for the year which puts us down about 3/4" for the ave. I use the would chip mulch for my paths and I noticed the rhizomes were always larger at the end of the rows where they received the protection or where more moisture was held.  Thats when I started using the chipper mulch.

Bob Van Liere

-------------- Original message --------------

> Looks like you have a layer of mulch? If yes, what are you using and
> how thick?
> Lots of work! Can't imagine handling 5000 seedlings.
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