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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gardening Tip - Mulch!

As you may know, I am diligently working on my Texas weeds, er, um I mean, garden. We're just about finished (for now) on the flower bed in the front of our house. Because weeds seem to be very easy to grow here in San Antonio, my hubby and I laid down weed-guard after putting in our plants. Next came the mulch and I wanted to pass along a great trick in adding mulch without covering and/or smooshing our little plants. It's an easy tip that I only recently learned (don't remember from where though - some TV show I'm sure).

After you put in the plants, cover them up with the pot they came in from the nursery. Then you pour the mulch over and around the pots. (There are sweet little nandina plants under the pots in the picture below)

When you're done, pull off the pots, and voila!, the mulch stays off the leaves, and creates just enough space between the plant base and where the mulch begins. It's so easy!

The plants need to be small enough or flexible enough to fit inside the pot, but most of the 1 gallon plants do. I just gently stuffed them under the pots and even if they didn't fit back in all the way, they were still covered enough so that we didn't have to worry about damaging them. I thought this was such a great tip, that you might like it, too!

Patricia :o)


suzanne said...

HI Patricia, thanks for stopping by my blog and thank you for such a sweet compliment. Your vintage linens are gorgeous, i love them too. I want to learn how to make hanger covers out of the pillowcase if i ever can find the time. Have we exchanged banners? If not email me and we can.. Talk to ya soon!!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, what a great and easy idea, why didn't I think of that when I was mulching last time? I'll certainly remember when i mulch next time! Thanks for the tip:>)

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

That is so clever, Patricia! Wish I thought of that too. But next year I will amaze my husband with my brillance! LOL (Wink Wink)


Karen said...

That is a great gardening tip-thanks for sharing that. I'd never have thought of it on my own.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog, too.

Sugarplum Cottage said...

This is a great idea, Patricia, I bet your garden looks great. I just stopped by to let you know you've been tagged. Stroll on over and see what it is all about. Have a wonderful day, RoseMarie

TattingChic said...

Wow! That is a great gardening tip! I do not have a garden where I live now, but when I do I'm going to remember that one!!!
BTW, thank you for your very sweet comment on my blog, I appreciate it. So glad you like tatting.

Julie said...

Good job. I try to mulch my beds every spring. It helps - but is not a cure for weeds...sadly!