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May 18, 2024 - 7:50:31 AM
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rinemb

USA

16289 posts since 5/24/2005

My flowers, vegetables, and herbs are nearly all in the ground or in the containers. New for me this year, is fewer tomato plants-much bigger containers, room to mulch over.
Question: I am filling some old smaller containers 14”x14” wood, with onions. I want to mulch over for weed and moisture control. Not excited about using my grass clipping-knowing all the crap in my grass. Wind blows the straw away. My bags of mulch are coarse shredded and woody.
What say you? Brad
And
How does your garden grow!

May 18, 2024 - 8:07:37 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30200 posts since 8/3/2003

I don't grow veggies anymore because there's just me and it's actually cheaper to get them at the store (at least it used to be).

I do have a flower garden and believe it or not, my flowers started putting up shoots in February! Of course, we had a very mild winter. My Mexican Petunias are already in bloom and I have purple flowers every morning. My geraniums are also in full flower and I have bright red and pink and white ones. The others are growing daily but none have put on blooms yet.

As far as mulch, I use the red woodchips that you get from Lowe's or other stores like it. Seems to work well, easy to spread, looks good and lasts sometimes for 2 or 3 years. Haven't got that far this year because of the infestation of weeds.

This winter the weeds took over the flowerbeds and I've been fighting them since the weather got warm enough for me to get outside. Some of those weeds have roots that extend downward to the point where you have to dig them with a spade, a "sticker picker" or weeder won't work very well.

May 18, 2024 - 9:42:12 AM
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41240 posts since 3/5/2008

Liz dose that stuff...
I am only in charge of...
Fertilizer..... :0/

May 18, 2024 - 10:05:42 AM

Owen

Canada

15162 posts since 6/5/2011

Coincidentally ... from my vantage point on the back deck, it looks about halfway done [I'd be out there too, but somebody has to operate the camera  wink ]. 

Here's about 2,000 words worth:




Edited by - Owen on 05/18/2024 10:19:31

May 18, 2024 - 12:04:46 PM

333 posts since 4/27/2020

I typically use pine bark mulch because it's plentiful and breaks down over the course of a year or so.

I shop around until I can find the shredded stuff. The smaller the better. Works great for my veggies.

Never, ever cypress (illegal logging, etc). No hardwood mulch at all,actually. That's better for pathways and such where you usually DON'T want it to break down.

May 18, 2024 - 1:01:49 PM
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rinemb

USA

16289 posts since 5/24/2005

I did not know that, about cypress. I figured it is controlled like other timber? Then again, I never read a bag of it that well. Surely the big brands demand legal harvest trees and trash to shred? Brad

May 18, 2024 - 1:14:52 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72107 posts since 10/5/2013

I buy silk flowers from the dollar store….
from my balcony I can see the neighbour’s tomato plants that she grows in pails on her balcony,, she’ll likely put them out this weekend, May 24 being the usual planting kickoff in Canada.

...but I do miss putting in a garden, I used to grow tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, cucumbers, etc. back when we lived in rural Ontario.  

Edited by - chuckv97 on 05/18/2024 13:18:10

May 18, 2024 - 1:56:42 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I did not know that, about cypress. I figured it is controlled like other timber? Then again, I never read a bag of it that well. Surely the big brands demand legal harvest trees and trash to shred? Brad


Illegal cypress logging is one of the activities that has had a huge negative effect of the Atchafalaya Basin.  It goes back 100 years or more.  A few years ago European countries were trying to harvest it for their wood burning stoves (rather than cut down heir own forests).  There's a long history there - cypress, oil, illegal roads/dams, etc.

https://www.basinkeeper.org/

May 19, 2024 - 6:02:03 AM
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rinemb

USA

16289 posts since 5/24/2005

But what happens, when the ORCS “old River Control Structure” blows out. It will someday, according to studies I have read in the past. Anything new on that front? Brad

May 19, 2024 - 11:47:03 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Liz dose that stuff...
I am only in charge of...
Fertilizer..... :0/


Uh, go with your strength?

May 19, 2024 - 11:47:44 AM

333 posts since 4/27/2020

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

But what happens, when the ORCS “old River Control Structure” blows out. It will someday, according to studies I have read in the past. Anything new on that front? Brad


If you're asking me, you'll have to be more specific.  If not, play on!

May 22, 2024 - 10:16:16 AM

8578 posts since 9/5/2006

sweety got her garden all put in this weekend.. all kinds of maters,, red,, purple and some called hillbilly ? squash,, peppers,, red onions,, and okra. alot crammed into a small space but it makes her happy. next its more flowers,, she got 2 big azaleas one purple one pink to set out up at the road near our pampas grass.

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