Re: [gardeners] splitting tomatos

Allen and Judy Merten (
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 01:13:02 -0500

Hi Penny,
    I use the pine needles that fall from our trees. I don't grind them
up just use them naturally. That is one problem with just about any
mulch that you use. Most do shelter bugs of some sort or other. The more
pulverized, ground or what ever the more bugs. The pine straw or needles
stays a lot dryer, but does keep the soil cool and moist in the summer
time. I cover the plants that I am trying to protect in the winter with
a deep fluffy blanket of pine straw. So far so good
    Bastrop Co.,Tx
penny x stamm wrote:

> Alan, where do you get your pine needles you use for mulching?
> I have just been reading that a lot of very unfriendly insects will
> spend the winter underneath the pine needle mulch which I have
> allowed to accumulate in the evergreen beds as they fall.
> Penny, NY zone 6
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