Compost and Fertilizer and Mulch, Oh My!

Wednesday, March 3, 2011
Dark Moon in Pisces
Saturn Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Ash
Sunny and cold

Didn’t get the photos uploaded — will try to get them done for Saturday.

Okay, I realize that I’m really, really new at all of this, but compost AND fertilizer AND mulch? Isn’t that a bit much? When do I do it? In what order?

Before I do any of that, however, I have to clean out the areas around the bushes and beds from the vegetation that was used to overwinter them. However, it has to be dry to do it, and it’s been raining so much that I haven’t been able to do that, either.

I’m going to re-read the section of the book on gardening in this area to see what they advise, and look around and see what the neighbors are doing. I already know I can’t afford to get a truck full of fertilizer to come for the lawn, so I’m going to have to see what else I can do to make it happy. I want to do right by the lawn and the plants, but I’m also on a budget. And I have to make up for the previous tenants who didn’t care for the grounds — although I don’t own them.

Gunk should not cause this much stress! 😉


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Lori
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:21:04

    I’d say compost should be turned in first. Plant, then fertilize. Mulch last and only if you need it. I don’t mulch around vegetables, for example.

    Our yard is big and we have the same issue – how to fertilize on the cheap. We use the old-fashioned lawn spreader and a bag of weed-and-feed. Apply it when you’ll have a few days of sunshine or dry weather.


  3. devonellington
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 12:30:11

    Sounds great — thanks for the advice!

    I’d like to skip the mulch — or maybe just do a little if some of the bushes don’t look happy after they’ve been composted and fed. I think it makes the yard look too sterile, and I want more of an “enchanted cottage” feel.


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