Tagged: Fruit; mulch; feeding
2nd January 2019 at 4:03 pm #51297
Having read ‘No Dig Organic Home and Garden’ I am planning to plant my fruit trees and bushes as per page 15, which is in raised beds with a deep manure & compost mulch to deter the rampant couch grass, then fabric membrane over the top (edges buried), and lastly, wood chippings on top (aesthetic & further deterrent). Once they are all ‘tucked up’ like this, I’m not sure about how to give them future annual feeds? I was going to sink a plastic bottle into the soil beside each tree or plant for water to roots. Would a liquid feed be the best way to go, or would I have to take off the chippings and lift the fabric? Can anybody help please?
Denise2nd January 2019 at 4:38 pm #51298
Denise, do you intend to leave the fabric on permanently? I’d suggest not; the couch grass will be dead in about six months and the manure mulch will provide a gradual feed over many months after that. Good luck with your fruit trees – mine have just gone in last week and it’s satisfying to know that harvests will be in your future 🙂6th January 2019 at 7:33 pm #51314
Alternatively, you could work on a method of feeding compost tea in volumes as a foliar feed through out the year. As the trees are currently small(?), it would not be too difficult to put up a ‘rain maker’pulsating sprinkler and pump the tea. If the fabric is mulched ithe fabric will persist unless cut free.I wouldn’t have put it down, its a technique reserved for ‘supermarket’ landscaping.12th January 2019 at 6:29 am #51619
I’d agree with above. I used a lot of landscape fabric to try to control weeds in my first year as I didn’t know any alternatives. They fray and i’m finding bits of it every where. If you plan to leave a permanent layer under the woodchip i would suggest cardboard as it will decompose once the weeds are dead. Also i find it better generally as it excludes more light. I did plant squash through fabric which I removed after harvest and that worked well but this year I wont be buying any more12th January 2019 at 10:31 am #51620
Thank you so much for your incredibly helpful advice. I’m now going to plant with landscape fabric only for the first year, then take it up, add compost/manure, and top with cardboard & wood chips for the longer term. I can foliar feed during the first year if necessary.
Perfect. Off to plant today!
Many thanks again,
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