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Barbara Damrosh to The Washington Post on Thursday, May 6, 2004;
It is often said that there are no new ideas in gardening.
Of course, all the best are older than humans.
Take the covering as an example.
Millions of years. -
A long time ago, someone cut a line in the soil with a stone and threw the seeds in ---
Plants Keep leaves on the ground as protective covering for roots and nursery for seedlings.
When the leaves break down, they add nutrients to the soil and give the soil plants a good loose structure that they like.
Earthworms pull leaves into the soil, digest them, and drain them out as rich castings.
Soil microorganisms feed on them and turn them into compounds used by plants.
Leaf blankets prevent soil erosion and loss or evaporation of rain.
It can adjust the soil temperature, keep cool in summer and warm in winter.
It does not encourage annual plants with weeds that settle on bare land and compete with plant offspring.
Good organic coverings also do all these things for your garden.
If you apply the leaves, stems, roots or other parts of the decomposed plant, you will not be able to water a lot, and crops that require continuous moisture, such as tomatoes, will have a more stable supply.
Wet and cool soil will help keep your potatoes away from the Colorado beetle. It's true!
I see an uncovered and covered planting side by side-
The first one was infected and the second one was not.
Tenacious crops such as kale, leeks, spinach, carrots, European wind-proof grass and celery usually winter under good covering.
The ripe fruit lying on the ground is cleaner and more prone to illness
It is free on a layer of covering.
This includes melons, pumpkins, tomatoes and strawberries.
Most importantly, covering the weeds
Free land will stop the growth of most new weeds, and those that really appear can easily be pulled out in that soft soil.
This feature is as friendly to gardeners as to crops.
This is essential for permanent planting like raspberries and asparagus, as invading grass and weeds can ruin crops.
Fruit trees like apples have been shown to be more efficient to cover with straw.
Vegetables also benefit from coverage every year.
I prefer a covering that is easy to break down in the soil and easy to lie down.
I used to buy salt hay that grows in coastal swamps because it contains seeds that don't sprout in the garden.
But I use less now, so I use straw or hay.
Like the volumes in the encyclopedia, these are all in flakes.
I put them in a row on either side of the crop or seed ditch.
If the weed appears on a sheet, I turn it over.
Other good materials include leaf molds, pine needles, silk of bark, scraps of grass and wood chips, but you can use any plant material ---
Chopped corn poles, pea vines, and even dead weeds, as long as they haven't been sown yet.
Not everyone is thinking, and few people are thinking as passionately as all the thinker's mother, Ruth Stott, is "how to have a green thumb without pain"
"She just sprinkled 8 inch kilograms of hay in her garden and added it without farming the soil.
Her book triggered a revolution in coverage.
Maybe it's just a coincidence, but most of the people I know are women.
Saying that men like to attack weeds with hoes and water crops with hoses, women like to hide things in bed, is this a generalization of gender discrimination?
Maybe mulchers is just too busy to weed.
My husband, Elliot, said he did not cover because his tightly arranged rows left no space for coverage.
I think it's because the soil in his garden looks dark and the house is rich.
Made compost that he couldn't bear to hide.
Once again, it is worthwhile to be a cautious thinker.
In a cool spring, I wait for the soil to warm before putting down the covering.
I always water the ground before covering it.
To avoid decay, I keep the covering away from the stems of the plants.
If sluslu or vol rat is a frequent problem in your garden, then the covering may not be suitable for you.
On one occasion, my sister Anne put down the black plastic cloth on it in a very wet year with wood chips on it.
"It's like a bad horror movie," she said . "
The garden became a swamp.
One night, I went home from work and found a group of Bible-ratio nose slug worms.
They are covered in potato vines, like a strange Dali painting.
"Black plastic used separately heats the soil
Love crops like peppers and melons, and I did it in a cold climate. But it's ugly.
The only thing worse is that the red plastic is used to cover the tomatoes.
Presumably it made them think they were squeezed together by other plants, which stimulated faster growth.
For myself, I will stick to things that fall from a tree or grow on the ground.
It has been working for the gardener since Adam devind.
Eve got hot.