licorice root muclh for tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

Abington, PA (Zone 6B)
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Question by iamphoenix
June 4, 2007
Can I use licorice root mulch for tomato and/or cantalope plants in my garden? I see that straw or hay is recommended but no mention of licorice root mulch. Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2007
I am not aware of any contraindication for using it. However, to be honest I have never seen licorice mulch for sale that I can remember. It is my understanding it is very expensive when compared to other available materials. You could use straw or hay (keep in mind hay may contain more weed seeds than straw) or half finished compost, or rotted fall leaves, or whatever you have access to. So you might want to see what is available locally at a reasonable price and work from there.

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