[gardeners] Re: Potatoes

penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:25:53 -0400

Allen, it is surprising that your area was so arid this summer,
but nevertheless it is too humid to grow potatoes in mulch..
In this case, what is meant by 'mulch'..?  Compost?

We now have a record drop of white pine needles completely
obscuring the lawn and shrubbery! Jimmie took two sweeps 
of 60 ft round trip with the mulching mower, and picked up two 
very full barrels of just needles, all of which had dropped within 
about 28 hrs... I was going to add them to the compost, but
it occurred to me that this would make the finished product 
too acid...? There is room for all of them as a top dressing 
amongst the rhodies, so that is now my choice. What do you

The needle drop will be finished in a few days, and then the leaf
drop will begin. I usually pile all the grass which gets mowed on
top of the compost, alternated with all of the "mowed" leaves. It
makes a wonderful mulch for the next summer's use. 

Penny, NY

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