Some tasks in the garden are not glamorous-ok a lot of garden tasks are that way-weeding, deadheading, and putting down mulch to name a few. With covid restrictions and shelter in place requirements keeping me at home, several of the mundane jobs finally got my attention.
Now I need to mulch the paths in the area which were formerly my raised garden bed. You see, several years ago, I was inspired by friends to plant a vegetable garden and wrote about it in Dallas Garden Buzz.
I am a social gardener, so veggie gardening solo, was not as fruitful as I had hoped and now my beds are filled with weeds and paths are not walk-able. I wasn’t sure what to do about this problem until I read our garden’s weekly email. Instructions on how to lay cardboard and mulch for a new garden area were included. Perfect timing!
While at the garden, I found cardboard had already been laid in several layers and then I came across Master Gardener intern, Dotti Franz. Tirelessly and seemingly indefatigable she was working to cover the 8 x 20 patch of cardboard with mulch. It was hot with no shade, not ideal weather but because of determined Dotti I was inspired to pitch in and work with her.
- Cardboard (the larger the better) – Remember remove tape
- Water hose / water
- Mulch – we have rough shredded tree mulch delivered to our garden — bags are options as well
- Rake with flexible tines
- Wheel barrow to transport
- “Mulching” pitchfork to move from pile to wheelbarrow
- Water – moving mulch is hard work and we need to stay hydrated — before, during and after