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Re: Mulch for Hot Weather

Post  Turan on 6/23/2013, 12:40 am

NIce wheat stand there, Yolo.  Are you going to let it mature and harvest the wheat for bread?

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Re: Mulch for Hot Weather

Post  yolos on 6/23/2013, 12:44 am

@Turan wrote:NIce wheat stand there, Yolo.  Are you going to let it mature and harvest the wheat for bread?
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No, I cut it down and used it in my compost bin.  One way to get greens.  The actual green growth was 3 feet tall.  Hardy stuff and many roots.
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Post  Goosegirl on 6/23/2013, 1:44 pm

Several years ago,  before SFGm I used wheat straw for mulch and got some nice wheat stalks growing.  Pulled most of them but left a few to mature because I just think it is so beautiful - and I could say I grew wheat one year! Razz

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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/23/2013, 1:48 pm

Lol GG. I grew wheat!! cheers (insert Sound of Music here)

Like your signature too by the way.

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Re: Mulch for Hot Weather

Post  Goosegirl on 6/23/2013, 6:21 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote: Like your signature too by the way.
Thanks!  Thought of it while I was turning my compost pile yesterday and was noticing how quickly the ingredients become unrecognizable and turn into black gold!

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Post  gwennifer on 6/23/2013, 6:50 pm

I agree on the sig line gg!  Very clever and oh so true!  good idea

I'm totally going to grow wheat on purpose if we ever end up moving onto some property!
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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/23/2013, 7:12 pm

I'm experimenting with alfalfa pellets as mulch. If you put them down and water them they fall apart. When they dry up again it forms a crust over the MM. I've noticed it stays moist underneath the alfalfa crust much longer than without it. When you water it disintegrates more and feeds the plants and then the sun makes a crusty layer again. I was using it as an organic fertilizer and spread it a little heavy in spots and have noticed this happy side effect. It keeps the weeds down as well. It might be a problem if we get a long rainy streak but I'm going to keep the experiment going for a while and see how it turns out.
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Post  stdugg on 8/1/2013, 7:15 pm

I found eucalyptus mulch works well and stays in place on really windy days.
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Re: Mulch for Hot Weather

Post  murarrie25 on 8/1/2013, 8:55 pm

Used cardboard strips or squares  from large boxes put either a rock or piece of wood  on top to hold down  or use pieces of trees cut down cut into   short lengths with power saw and spit in half or palm fronds cut into short lengths.
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