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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: grass clippings Reply with quote

Anyone on here using fresh grass clippings as a mulch or feed for there veg ?
Where there any improvements in using them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't recommend using fresh grass clippings as they make a wonderful hiding place for slugs and other pests, as well as becoming a slimy mess if you put them on too thick.

I have used them in the bottom of a bean trench in free-draining soil.

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may be helpful.
https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/using-grass-clippings-as-vegetable-garden-mulch/
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Sue says, they're good underneath runner beans as a moisture retainer and, when fresh, they'll also generate a certain amount of heat as they decompose. They certainly act well as a weed suppressant and are ideal amongst a patch of brassicas once their foliage is beyond the reach of slugs. Black&Amber's article is interesting, except it is American and the toads and turtles that gobble up the slugs aren't to be found over here.

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