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Stockpiling and Mulching Question?

I have written entries (in my journal) before how my brother gets pallets of damaged bags of potting soil, garden soil, soil conditioner, manure, bark mulch, river rocks, etc... but I don't think I ever showed photos, so I took some today to show you how much we have!!!

Stockpile 1 Stockpile 2
Stockpile 3 Stockpile 4 Stockpile 5


He gets these for a little over $5.00 per pallet which is about 10 damaged bags.

Now for my question:

We have a lot of ground cover bark... and I'm thinking of using this instead of the newspaper in my veggie beds.
What are the pros and cons of using ground cover bark in a veggie bed?

Does it change the pH? Should I add something to the soil if it does?

We have lot of pill bugs and earwigs. Does this deter or encourage pests?

Thanks in advance for all your comments :)

( Also posted in my journal )

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joeysplanting
Jul. 12th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your response... That's what I was thinking... but we get pillbugs and earwigs with the newspaper, but the bark looks a lot better... Maybe I'll try one bed and see... I'll also see if anyone comments about the pH thing...
blowtorch_betty
Jul. 12th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've always used bark mulch in my veggie garden, to great success.

joeysplanting
Jul. 12th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I love your veggie beds! They look great! I think I will go ahead an try it on at least one bed.

Now I have questions for you... What kind of wood did you use for the beds? How thick a layer of mulch do you use?

Thanks again :)
blowtorch_betty
Jul. 12th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I used whatever damaged bags of mulch the guy at home depot would give me for free :)

An inch to an inch and a half should do it.

Unfortunately, I don't have that garden anymore. We moved across the country last year and I'm relegated to pots for the time being. *sigh*
notfromvenus
Jul. 12th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
I've never had a problem with pH, and I don't see pillbugs or earwigs very often either (but they're not a huge problem around here anyway).
hallucinas
Jul. 13th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
I know that when the bark decomposes, it may leach nitrogen out of the soil due to a high carbon/nitrogen ratio. but that is the complicated boring science answer. If you add fertilizer anyway, go for it!
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