by Tracey Parrish
Each fall homeowners rake up garden leaves, bag them and then put them out for trash collection. However, leaves are a valuable organic resource to be treasured, not sent to the trash. BCG gardeners are making use of leaves in their winter culinary gardens in a number of ways.
Thick layering of leaves is [...]
By Roland Evans
December is a dreary month for many outdoor gardeners — time to huddle indoors, devour the seed catalogs and dream of spring. Of course there are a few devoted and well-organized souls who do not allow the cold season to dampen their passion. They keep the garden fever going throughout the [...]
I’m reporting back on my use of Dutch White Clover as a perennial green mulch in my garden. I was hoping that using a green manure during the summer would cutback on the time-consuming work of sheet mulching with compost. And it did. Sort of. Here are the positives and negatives as I found them [...]
I’ve used pine needles for many years as mulch, especially for pathways, and it’s my favorite mulch. Better than wood chips, it’s clean and springy and breaks down slowly. It’s slightly acid but our soil is so alkaline that it rarely alters the soil. The reason why lawns and other plants don’t grow under pines [...]