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ireland connaught
Oct 21, 2017 10:24 AM CST
how to make own homemade summer bedding compost locatin ireland
Name: kathy
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
Oct 21, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Hi Cathy
Welcome !
I have a vegetable garden and want to amend my soil with compost and to keep the weeds down between the plants. I till between the rows, so no weed problems there.
I lay the following things down next to the plants to smother the weeds. The smaller the weeds, the better this works.
Pine needles, grass clippings (if you don't broadcast weed killer on your lawn), weeds/plants you have pulled, vegetable peelings, leaves, coffee grounds, even a small layer of dirt will kill newly sprouted weeds.
These layers serve three purposes: stifle weeds, retain moisture, and break down into beautiful soil. At the end of your garden season turn everything that is not diseased under. It will all break down into nicely amended soil.
I also have a compost pile in a separate location. It's in a hidden location because I put lots of stuff there: twigs, branches, dead bushes, old sod, kitchen vegetable trimmings, bigger loads of grass clippings, leaves, fresh cattle & chicken manure (which you should not put in your garden until it has broken down for 6 months), and that compost I turn periodically to aid in the aeration and decomposition.
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