More Mulch Madness

More Mulch Madness My readers will remember last year's posts on wood chips mulch. I called a local tree service and asked for a truck load of wood chips fresh from the chipper. And this is what I got: It's now 16 months later, and my pathways have composted down to almost nothing, and all the garden beds... Continue Reading →

Ways to Keep Your Garden Looking Great

Steve Whysall (Vancouver Sun gardening columnist) wrote a great article in Friday's paper entitled Six Ways To Keep Your Garden Looking Great. He interviewed Egan Davis, the chief instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at the University of B.C. Botanical Garden, but formerly at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and one of my Master Gardener instructors. So I'm... Continue Reading →

Critters

Pretty much every time I go into the garden I see the holes dug by hungry big cute rodents. They're turning over all that turf that I carefully dug and up-ended to "self-compost" under the wood chip mulch. And seemingly throwing around the edging bricks. They're heavy! But with at least four of them, it... Continue Reading →

Mulches Part II

Bark vs arborist's wood chips: Again, I defer to Linda Chalker-Scott: The Myth of Pretty Mulch pretty much 😉 says it all. Using bark mulch has too many disadvantages, whereas wood chips have few. So  this: ...is now this: As I've said in previous posts, my garden is my research field. So I'm going to try... Continue Reading →

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