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    Lots of threads recently about "mulch" and how to obtain enough suitable material - compost, manure, cardboard etc.
    Instead of bringing manure, wood chips, cardboard, should we be growing our own?

    Green manures can be grown but how about growing plants that generate a lot of foliage, just to use as mulch?

    The obvious one is comfrey, large leaves, bounces back quickly after being cut down and is good for the soil.
    Spinach and chard would also be good.

    Good article at Balkan Ecology Project : How to grow your own mulch?

    Any ideas, Grapeys?
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    Comfrey and grass cuttings from the allotment paths - does the grass count?
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    Of course, grass counts.
    I'm wondering about growing clover paths - flowers for bees, nitrogen fixer in the soil and the chickens might like it - and it looks prettier than grass.
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    No reason why you can't mulch with things that you have grown in your plot/garden. However, whatever you grow, you are not going to have enough of it unless you deplete the nutrients from one part of the garden to feed another, or add nutrients from outside. The simple reason for this is that you can't create nutrients out of nothing. Assuming that some of the vegetable matter is not being returned to the soil (ie you are eating it), you will need to replace it from elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Of course, grass counts.
    I'm wondering about growing clover paths - flowers for bees, nitrogen fixer in the soil and the chickens might like it - and it looks prettier than grass.
    Clover smells so good. Go for a dwarfing variety. On impulse I bought a packet of red clover - must be 10 years ago now. Turned out to be a green manure and not suitable to grow in lawns and paths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Sanders View Post
    Comfrey and grass cuttings from the allotment paths - does the grass count?
    I usually mulch with grass but this year the lawn was mostly brown so I hardly had any clippings to use. Did have plenty of Nasturtiums popping up all over my veg beds so they helped.
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