Vertical Mulching With Leaf Litter And Biosolids: March 2023
On Monday, I posted a series of photos showing how I had used my post-hole digger to excavate holes - getting into the clay layer below my topsoil - in our front porch bed. I ended up with more than a dozen of them in various spots around the bed including up front. My goal was to help improve the soil conditions, break up that bathtub effect and try to make the area a little bit more hospitable to plants and roots.
I called it 'vertical mulching' in Monday's post, but today is a little bit more about that process and how I filled the holes.
I recently removed the chicken-wire rings around our Disneyland Roses to prepare them for Spring. In each of those three rings was a heavy bed of mulched-up leaves that I collected last year. Since Fall, there had been a tiny bit of decomposition, but A LOT of the leaves that I used to protect the roses were Oak leaves and those are VERY.SLOW to decompose. So, I went over to the roses and filled up my trug with some leaf litter. See below:
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