hay mulch is the answer

First, the vegetable garden. The heirloom corn of several varieties that David got from a friend and planted was laid low by a very strong wind. We went out a few days later and gently pulled them upright, then David painstakingly tied them up with knotted baling twine, supported by a few metal step-in posts. It looks beautiful, and is still growing–rapidly.

This morning, inspecting the corn and looking for zucchini
This morning, inspecting the corn and looking for zucchini
tassels!
tassels!
the baling twine holding the stalks upright
the baling twine holding the stalks upright
beautiful corn
beautiful corn

In a wet rainy year you can have too much mulch, but this year with its moderate rainfall we lay it on thick. Here are some photos of the vegetable garden I took this morning:

chard
chard
onions and parsley
onions and parsley
baby cucumbers
baby cucumbers
red currents--the birds left us a few
red currents–the birds left us a few
perpetual spinach
perpetual spinach, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes
beans
beans
mulch
a variety of veggies, and lots of mulch

In the pictures above you do see bare, mostly weeded soil, but between rows of vegetables, around the toes of the larger crops, and in the pathways we put down a lot of hay mulch. In the back yard yesterday I used a shovel (some call it a spade) to chop the lawn back a little, then I laid down newspaper (very thick) and covered that with pads of hay mulch. I also used some of the old loose scraps of hay from the haymow to mulch inside the bed. Here is the scrappy hay pile:???????????????????????????????It has dust and pigeon poop and dust in it–good for soil creation. The stuff I put around the outside on the newspaper is newer hay. Here are some pictures of that:

top of the backyard bed
top of the backyard bed
This is how the edge looks BEFORE being newspapered and mulched--a low rock edge and then a patch of bare dirt.
This is how the edge looks BEFORE being newspapered and mulched–a low rock edge and then a patch of bare dirt.
After--it's a little messy looking, but by golly it stops the grass.
After–it’s a little messy looking, but by golly it stops the grass.

Here are a few pictures of the riot of color the flowers make in the back yard: echinacea, daylily, monarda, false sunflower, delphinium, larkspur, and yarrow:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As usual, I’ll end with a few cat pictures:

Tater in the driveway
Tater in the driveway

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