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Post  torpedos on 2/17/2014, 9:29 am

I am about to start, YAY. I need to know what type of mulch should i use. and if i have a tomatoe plant, then i pull that out, and convert the square to raddish, would i not need to remove all the mulch, would that be considered like tilling. I might have to dig into the dirt with my hand to get all the mulch off. Or do i just take most of it off and not disturb the soil. How deep should i mulch, and what should i use to mulch? I see the garden center has all types of Wood in bags, all types of colors?  cedar Wood, red Wood, etc.... thanks for the help.
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Post  camprn on 2/17/2014, 9:58 am

I use a shredded bark mulch in my boxes because it is relatively easy to remove when I want to add more compost to the Mel's mix. Typically an inch or two of shredded bark mulch is very good for moisture retention.

Have you read the ALl NEw Square FOot Gardening book? That is where you can learn about how to add compost after you harvest a crop.

Additionally, if you go to the main page of this forum, on the left side go to the hover button and read the threads there.

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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2014, 1:46 pm

Torpedos, Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here 

Mulch: everyone has their favorite, or what is available. I use plain pine wood chips.

Replanting: This is what I do. Remove the mulch by hand, set aside. Remove old plant(s) and roots and add new compost, replant and recover with mulch.

Tomatoes: I found that tomatoes have a thick root system so you will have to finger rake all of the mix in that square to remove the roots. Others, like carrots, radishes, beets not much left in the mix after pulling, so I don;t even bother finger raking. I just add new compost and lightly mix with the trowel.

Have you read the book? You will need it if you want to SFG.
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Post  torpedos on 2/17/2014, 9:33 pm

@sanderson wrote:Torpedos,  Welcome to the Forum!   glad you\'re here 



Have you read the book?  You will need it if you want to SFG.
i did read the book, but it was like 4 months ago. I need to get the book again and get to work. it was 80 degrees today, so i am getting ready.
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Post  H_TX_2 on 2/18/2014, 10:04 am

Could cedar mulch be used in the garden? It is supposed to have some insect repellant capabilities. It would be nice to have another little piece that might help deter pests but at the same time I wouldn't want any beneficial insects to be repelled. I'm thinking it wouldn't have much effect either way but the question cam up in my head so just figured I would ask.
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Post  camprn on 2/18/2014, 11:43 am

@H_TX_2 wrote:Could cedar mulch be used in the garden?

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cedar-mulch-good-gardens-66364.html

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/organic/msg0519131714667.html?5

http://www.gardenguides.com/130694-cedar-mulch-vs-hardwood-mulch.html

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Post  Marc Iverson on 2/18/2014, 4:36 pm

That's good to know, since I had cedar mulch around lots of my plants last year. They seemed to love it, but it did seem to compel me to put extra nitrogen down when put right up touching the plants.
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