Article: MULCH: Beneficial and Free: Thank you Nancy Ann

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By NancyAnn Gandy on June 3, 2010

Every garden needs mulch for several reasons, but mulch can be expensive if you buy all that you need. But you may not have to pay a cent for it!

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Jun 3, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
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My Goodness..... I feel like a heel! I remember you saying something about writing the article. I remember setting it up so you could.... but I don't ever remember going back there after that. Today I was going to write an article and in my peripheral vision, I saw "1 article pending". When I clicked on it to preview what I'd written, I remembered our conversation! Please forgive me and accept my apologies for dropping the ball. I totally forgot about it until today. I published the article and it shows up today. Thank you for your hard work in getting the article into my cubit. I enjoyed reading it!
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Jun 3, 2010 4:16 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I enjoyed reading your article and have used chips as mulch for years. The only problem I ever experienced was in my rose garden. For some reason it seemed to disagree with the roses. I was never certain if it was because it was wood chips or if the chips were deseased though...they didn't seem to bother anything else.
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Jun 4, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
No worries, Janet. I didn't even notice. I don't even know how the "articles" feature works. There are so many features here, it's hard to figure them all out.

That's interesting about the roses. Do you normally mulch roses? I do and haven't had a problem with my mulch. Maybe your roses are just persnickety. Or maybe the mulch had something in it that they didn't like.

By the way, do you put your banana peels around your roses? They love the potassium.
ImageZanymuse
Jun 4, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Yes, banana peels and egg shells.
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Jun 4, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Learning something new about the banana peels and egg shells. Thanks!
Imageweeds
Jun 5, 2010 7:31 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Liked the article and have asked about that around here with no luck so far. Haven't tried hard enough yet and also no place to pile a bunch of it really. Very good idea though.
My momma uses banana peels, orange and all citrus rinds, coffee grinds, egg shells and all manner of stuff around our plants. She knows what to put around which plants which escape me right now.
we have tried composting but just don't seem to have the time and patience at this point to make a go of it yet but we will. Have to be very careful of the unwanted critters that love our food in the pile!
Anyway, got OT, but enjoyed your writing very much.
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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 6, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Connie, I compost, but I don't have a compost bin. I use my pathways for compost. I have them all mulched. I can move some mulch, add veggie scraps, and cover it back up with mulch so it's not seen or smelled as it decomposes. When my paths break down well, I scoop out that good compost to use elsewhere and add more mulch in its place. I also add my shredded paper under the mulch and anything else to help enrich it.

If you don't have mulched trails, you can add veggies and paper scraps to your beds under the mulch and just allow it decompose there.

Check you city landfill for free mulch too. Tree trimmers here pay about $40 a load to dump there and then the city gives it to us free. We just back up a truck and they scoop some up with a bobcat and dump it in--free of charge.

If you're going to buy mulch, don't waste money on bags of the stuff. Take your truck to a nursery and get a scoop or two of their good mulch. Around here, a scoop is about $20-$25. One scoop will fill up a small pickup, like a Ranger or S-10. You'll get about twice as much as the bagged mulch for the same price.

Coffee houses and big restaurants often give away free coffee grounds by the bucket full. So check with your local IHOP, Starbucks, or whoever.

Maybe someone else here has some ideas too?
Imageweeds
Jun 6, 2010 9:03 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
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If only I had a truck! And the space to pile the stuff! We will just keep on doing the composting in small ways.
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