Finally, today, I got the beds mulched with yummy leaf compost. This is my 4th truck load in the past two weeks. Last year we put in about 15. You can read about that here at My Keyboard has no ame and Thomas Edison
My youngest son surprised me today and helped with the first load. He was quick so I had time to go get a second load and be done with all the beds around the house. He’s so busy and I really appreciate him stopping by and lending a very strong back and arms. You rock honey!
There was just a bit left to be done on this bed today. Last weekend both boys and MrD surprised me by finishing a load I had started. It was the second load last weekend and I could not finish it. They all got up early and had it done by the time I got out of bed. So I’ve had a lot of help.
The rose bushes are all snug in a new layer too. I’ll also put down some Espoma Rose Tone soon. All the beds will get some mushroom compost and Espoma Flower and Plant Tone. Espoma is an organic product. It’s like giving your soil a good vitamin dose. It replenishes trace minerals. Espoma has a solution for your plant needs and they do it without killing the good bugs.
If you have tired soil, Espoma will do the trick to revive it. Of course, you have to put down some good leaf mulch too. The beds get cow manure every Autumn and the shrubs get some Espoma Phosphate at that time. Phosphate helps set the buds and promote root growth. It will burn plants so follow directions carefully.
I have to move that tree don’t I–the one in the middle of the wall. It looks ridiculous. I knew better and it’s going in one of my pots. I ran out of steam last year before I got it transplanted. I hope the roots aren’t connected to China.
Alright, I am now officially organic all the way. I made a mistake several years ago and killed the good bugs with the bad. My soil was pitiful and the garden looked awful. Today, I go to the extra trouble to maintain balance naturally. It’s a pain to go out and pluck bugs, spray insecticidal soap, and remove diseased leaves. But you know, it’s worth it.
Here is an excerpt from an earlier post. I explain why mushroom compost works:
Mushroom compost grows mushroom roots called haphae. Conditions are not right in your garden to grow the actual top mushroom or cap. The underground hyphae is a rich environment for your plant roots. The hyphae creates spaces for your bedding plants roots to grow, it traps moisture and nutrients that would normally wash away, and there are certain organisms that feed off the hyphae that benefit your plants.