Companion Planting forum: Plants that help the soil

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
Sep 11, 2017 9:57 PM CST
plantmanager said:True! I was out checking my yard. The mint is finally gone, but I still have garlic chives in many places. My new dog loves chewing on it, so he's trying to help eradicate it. Smiling

I'm still ripping out mint. 🙄 I had garlic chives pop up too this year, but they are at least easy to get out. I have some to a friend. Is this going to be another mint-sized disaster?

Name: Bee
Happy In my Garden Of W'Eden
Sep 22, 2017 4:15 AM CST
I grew Black Mustard as a green manure in my veg plot- early Spring it was covered in the brightest sulphur yellow flowers that were absolutely covered with pollinators so much so you could hardly see the blooms - Whistling well needless to say it ended up staying in there far longer than it should have as it was one of the best pollinator plants in my garden- Im now going to sow the seed i dried off to recreate a patch in my wildflower meadow for early drowsy hungry bees in Spring The young leaf was also nice as an addition to salads - nice and peppery as you can imagine and also did improve the soil and suppress the weeds in the plot too Thumbs up

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Name: Bee
Happy In my Garden Of W'Eden
Sep 22, 2017 4:28 AM CST
coconut said:Not plants, but i knew an old guy who would till in sawdust in the fall. He had the fluffiest blackest soil, in an area of Virginia that had heavy red clay soil. His veg patch could be seen from the road, and it was always gorgeous.
I agree I use premium wood pellet horse bedding from high-quality softwood pellets to bed my chickens on - when i clean them out gets put on my veg plots and when well rotted down as i mix it with compost gets used over the winter as a mulch in the flower beds that have died back - my soil is often referred to as black gold, thanks to my chooks bless um Big Grin

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Sep 22, 2017 7:01 AM CST


I agree During the winter months, my garden beds become the compost piles where I add kitchen scraps and bedding from the chicken house. "Used" chicken bedding is the best compost! Chooks, I love that name. Smiling

Mustard seems like a good idea, with the bonus of early garden greens. Sometimes I find wild mustard greens growing near the chicken coop.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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