Mulching garlic

wolverine1012October 19, 2011

Any reason not to use pine straw?

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randy41_1

sounds like a good idea to me.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 4:03PM
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catherine_nm

Use what you have. I always mulch mine with pine straw because my yard is at the edge of a pine forest. Sometimes when I nab a few bags of leaves, I pull back the pine straw, spread the leaves, then cover again with pine straw. I find the pine straw blows around less, knitting itself together with all its sharp points.

Depending on my supply of PS, I sometimes dig amendments into my bed, spread the PS on top, then use a dibble to poke the planting hole through the mulch and soil at the same time, plant the garlic, and water to settle the soil back down. I don't really make an effort to cover each hole with more mulch. Then in the spring the greens grow up through the thinned mulch without any problems. Of course, if I have to rake the pine straw AND plant the garlic, the planting comes first and the PS gets spread later. Hey, I can only do so much in a day! ;-)

Catherine

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 7:54PM
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rhubarb_stalker(Z5b Western MA)

I have used pine straw for mulch and have never had a problem with it.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2011 at 9:17AM
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