Ruud small paste: improve your floor
Improve your soil
The middle of winter is not a good time to dig in your soaked soil. It can be quite fragile, but provides us with organic materials that:
1) Sequestered carbon
2) Store moisture
3) Preserve fertility
4) Grow trees to provide for us oxygen
5) Be a home to amazing biodiversity
6) Feed us (vegetable gardens !!)
Mulching and Add is what you can do in winter.
Pea straw is a great cover that suppresses weeds and keeps them “warm” in winter. It slowly decomposes and turns into humus and dark organic matter which is Perfect! Pea straw should ideally be 20 cm thick.
Chipped branches and sawdust-like material do this too, but they often “steal” some nitrogen from the soil to help it break down. A A handful of urea (50% nitrogen) will speed this up and keep your soil fertile.
Old leaf mold or dried, compressed leaves from last autumn are ideal as a wrapper – like pea straw.
compost from your Compost bin with a carbon cycle is a further development of just “Mulch”. It contains a wide variety of nutrients that will become available when the plants start growing again in September.
Lawn clippings are perhaps a little too mushy to drape over the garden soil. Often they lie there as a wet, damp mat, get slimy, etc. If you use these around tree trunks make sure they don’t touch the base of the tree, otherwise you can get collar rot and stuff Fatal fatalities from fungus. It is best to mix them with sawdust / wood shavings to achieve this “balance” of. to accomplish N: carbon from 1:30.
Add Fertilizer? Not now! Far too cold to be of any use, and when it rains everything is washed downhill, polluting watercourses – streams – rivers – oceans.
Grind coffee? Not suitable as mulch! Acid is getting too high. Good as well Particles reduces the amount of air in the soil and thus increases water retention and “pugging”. The best thing to do is to throw your used coffee grounds into a compost bin and let them cycle there.