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Make mine mulch, mulch and more mulch .... various types of mulch including:

Brown Cardboard - remove tape first or pull up later - cardboard does several things including kills weeds and you recycle a waste product
Leaves - chop with mower first - leaves are oh so valuable- they provide minerals not found in other materials not to mention worms love them
Straw from feed store - chop with mower first or simply “leaf down” pull apart and spread
Alpha Bales from feed store - these are much heavier than straw and provide instant nitro - again you can chop with mower first
Wood Chips - get from local source or buy at box store
Food Waste - avoid citrus and no meat but Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds, tea bags, vegetable and fruit waste as well -

This woman was one of the finest organic gardeners off all time ..... sinse knows who I’m talking about when I say she gardened naked well into her 80s .... follow her easy methods of no till and never look back .....


Good luck with your garden @MMMi

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Make mine mulch, mulch and more mulch .... various types of mulch including:

Brown Cardboard - remove tape first or pull up later - cardboard does several things including kills weeds and you recycle a waste product
Leaves - chop with mower first - leaves are oh so valuable- they provide minerals not found in other materials not to mention worms love them
Straw from feed store - chop with mower first or simply “leaf down” pull apart and spread
Alpha Bales from feed store - these are much heavier than straw and provide instant nitro - again you can chop with mower first
Wood Chips - get from local source or buy at box store
Food Waste - avoid citrus and no meat but Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds, tea bags, vegetable and fruit waste as well -

This woman was one of the finest organic gardeners off all time ..... sinse knows who I’m talking about when I say she gardened naked well into her 80s .... follow her easy methods of no till and never look back .....


Good luck with your garden @MMMi

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MOB
Ruth Stout, the Queen on mulching hay!
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os
 

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I'm paranoid about bringing outside shit inside, otherwise there are a lot of state forest ground not too far away...

I completely mowed the cover crop today, it was getting a little out of control.

Do you feed anything extra specifically for the worms?
Now that I have a nice layer of green mulch, do they just grab it off the top or does it have to wait to decompose and fall through the straw?

The 2-2-2 may have been a bit much for the Mango Smile. She's clawin. I'll go easy on her for the next couple weeks.
 

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I'm paranoid about bringing outside shit inside, otherwise there are a lot of state forest ground not too far away...

I completely mowed the cover crop today, it was getting a little out of control.

Do you feed anything extra specifically for the worms?
Now that I have a nice layer of green mulch, do they just grab it off the top or does it have to wait to decompose and fall through the straw?

The 2-2-2 may have been a bit much for the Mango Smile. She's clawin. I'll go easy on her for the next couple weeks.
Mango Smile is a light feeder. Dont go too crazy with her. I dont bring in outside stuff either, too paranoid. I put off Organics for over 20 years because of 2 things. Bugs and Low yields. Really bugs can be in anything organic, but yields have gone up dramatically in Organics since 20 years ago. The quality I am getting with Organics end product is superior to my Coco plants, and that is most important. Btw, watch for light intensity issues as well. I had to turn mine down with the Sativa testers and raise them high. Good luck, slow
 
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Mango Smile is a light feeder. Dont go too crazy with her. I dont bring in outside stuff either, too paranoid. I put off Organics for over 20 years because of 2 things. Bugs and Low yields. Really bugs can be in anything organic, but yields have gone up dramatically in Organics since 20 years ago. The quality I am getting with Organics end product is superior to my Coco plants, and that is most important. Btw, watch for light intensity issues as well. I had to turn mine down with the Sativa testers and raise them high. Good luck, slow
I'll keep an eye out for the lights, thanks for the tip. Still running them at slightly less than full power, pretty high right now. It was on my list to crank 'em up.
 

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I'm paranoid about bringing outside shit inside, otherwise there are a lot of state forest ground not too far away...

I completely mowed the cover crop today, it was getting a little out of control.

Do you feed anything extra specifically for the worms?
Now that I have a nice layer of green mulch, do they just grab it off the top or does it have to wait to decompose and fall through the straw?

The 2-2-2 may have been a bit much for the Mango Smile. She's clawin. I'll go easy on her for the next couple weeks.
Once you chop and drop the mulch, the microbial breakdown starts. The worms slurp the microbes off the breaking down mulch. When the roots of the mulch die, they are processed the same way.
For extra food, I pile on dried canna leaves, like big fans etc. I also use leaves from my other houseplants.
in between cycles with my no tills, I pull back my bark mulch in a circle, and then sprinkle a Tablespoon each of alfalfa and soybean meal. I then mist it and recover with bark. I mist again and pile on all kinds off leaves and then mist again. That’s how I feed the worms.
In the no till pots, the worms devour the old rootball and remineralize the soil. There is also slow breaking down bark in the mix and the mulch, that continuously feeds the soil.
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Once you chop and drop the mulch, the microbial breakdown starts. The worms slurp the microbes off the breaking down mulch.
Maybe I have too much straw. It's a 1" crunchy layer. I chopped up the mulch to speed the process, but the first bits I laid down just kinda sat there and got crunchy. Wasn't sure it would breakdown before the grow is over, lol.

After my last chop, I now have a solid layer of chopped up mulch. So maybe the straw can stay moist and decay a bit while the bits dry out. Open tops, fans blowin, the tippy top layer stays pretty dry. Wondering if I should get rid of the straw, or churn it a bit.

Clover is ready for another trim already, I might have to start freezing at this rate.
 

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Mango Smile is a light feeder. Dont go too crazy with her. I dont bring in outside stuff either, too paranoid. I put off Organics for over 20 years because of 2 things. Bugs and Low yields. Really bugs can be in anything organic, but yields have gone up dramatically in Organics since 20 years ago. The quality I am getting with Organics end product is superior to my Coco plants, and that is most important. Btw, watch for light intensity issues as well. I had to turn mine down with the Sativa testers and raise them high. Good luck, slow
Organics and how to dial in to specific plants are changing ing but I think our biggest changes still to come is indoor lighting - seems prior to 2015 grow lights were based on a more narrow light spectrum than the ones being developed today! Peace, MOB
 

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@slowandeasy When you did the direct plant in the SIP how did you cut the plastic? How big and did you use a plastic cup over the seed still, was is just sitting on the plastic cover over the hole? Hope that made sense lol
Poke a hole with my finger or scissors. And yes, the cup sits over the hole til it sprouts. Easy peasy. Done a few this way already. Each one started directly has been bigger so far than transplanted seedlings. But I have not done enough to know exact difference. Bigger is not always better, but def direct planting grows fastest. Peace, slow
 
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