Hi experienced growers out there, what do you use for mulching? Now when I’ve seen the difference with only 1 cm of grass clipping on the GROW experiment plot, I can hardly stand to se bare soil in my other beds. I have a problem though, I can’t get enough grass clipping. I don’t have a car, and I can’t get straw. I’ve sown flowers such as Calendula to use as mulch later on, but now in early spring what to use?
I’ve understood that grass is excellent for nutrition and regenerating soil, and that old dry leaves keeps moisture but in some cases (if it is dug in) might draw nutrients from the soil? If so, I should be able to use dry leaves in my raised beds which have rich soil to keep them moist, and I should use grass clipping for my plots with sandy and poor soil for nutrients and moisture.
How do you prepare your beds in the spring (and in the autumn)? I would love to hear how you treat and feed your soil!
I created a blog for the experiments where I post images and notes: https://perfectbeginner.wordpress.com/
[Naomi edited to make link work]