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Myrajillrussellyaho
Oct 5, 2016 10:22 AM CST
Is there any reason to not put a tarp over my vegetable bed. I want to protect the bed from Black Walnut trees leave dropping into it.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 5, 2016 8:43 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Myrajillrussellyaho ! (whew -- I thought "weedwhacker" was a long screen name... Big Grin )

As long as you don't have plants overwintering in the raised bed I see no reason why covering it with a tarp would be harmful. (If you DO have plants in the bed, I think it would be better to use something like "floating row cover" - such as Reemay, Agribond, etc -- that would let water through.)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 6, 2016 10:05 AM CST
If your raised bed is near enough for a lot of Black Walnut leaves to drop on it, you have more of a problem than just the leaves, sorry to say. The roots of the Black Walnut secrete the nasty stuff that poisons other plants - juglone. So once the roots find your raised bed, you're going to have to resort to growing things that tolerate it anyway.

So, to be honest, I don't see the point of keeping the leaves out with a tarp.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 6, 2016 12:02 PM CST
Good point, Elaine -- it's always surprising to me how far tree roots (of any kind) will travel to take advantage of my garden soil!
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RickCorey
Oct 6, 2016 12:18 PM CST
I made the mistake of locating a compost heap right next to a tree (pine tree?)

When I tried to turn the heap, I found that it was one big mass of fine tree roots.

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