[permaculture] Living mulch garden update

Mark mpludwig at facstaff.wisc.edu
Fri Jul 19 16:53:00 EDT 2002

At 07:11 PM 7/19/02 +0100, you wrote:
>Hello Mark,
>I would be interested to know how your system fairs as regards slug
>damage. For comparison - would you have much slug damage in a normal
>system with open soil?
>I only spend 4 weeks in Madison at the height of summer, so never got
>the full 'garden story'.

It seems to work well.  I think they are there, but eat the clover instead 
of veggies.  Same for rabbits and some other pests.  I have some critter 
eating holes in some plants, but have not identified it.  The damage isn't 
significant so I don't worry about it.

>Mark wrote:
> >
> > The concept is fairly straight forward, I plant most of my plants into a
> > growing carpet of white clover.  This is my third year with the
> > practice.  I mow the clover to control weeds and to generate mulch for the
> > soil.  The is also quite a bit of black medic volunteering in the beds,
> > though this tends to decline rapidly in the late summer.  Many of my
> > transplants were from root trainers, a very narrow but tall type of pot, to
> > plant I just jacked open the soil with a spading fork and inserted the
> > plug.  Worked great.  For direct seeded crops I use a weed burning LP gas
> > torch, two hot passes pretty much knocks out the clover, but also tends to
> > encourage crab grass, a prostrate c-4 annual.  If you have any specific
> > questions I would be glad to answer them.
> > Mark
> >
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