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I sold my pickup truck this past January and I was worried that it might be difficult to maintain my garden without it. Now, at the end of August, I have to say, I don’t miss it at all. You don’t need a truck to maintain a large backyard garden. In this episode I talk about all the ways to get buy without a gas guzzling truck!
Or you could just bring trash bags and/or storage bins in the back seat if you know you’re going to be driving by a place to pick up seaweed that day and gradually stockpile what you need – that’s what I do, though my garden isn’t as big as yours. I also have a friend who emails me when he mows/bags his grass so that I can go by and pick it up. Be careful when picking up bags of leaves – I got a ton of rocks in a couple of bags I picked up from some place. And I thought all that weight was just wet leaves.
Also know if those grass clippings have been sprayed with toxins. You don’t want to add herbicides to your soil. Golf courses are notorious for toxic grass clippings.
Yes I would stay away from golf course clippings for sure 🙂 I get most of my stuff from neighbors, never seems to be an issue, the garden is very healthy.
Hi Greg, this was a timely podcast because I had just watched your “Ruth Stout” episode and wondering how I could possible get hay and manure to my house without a truck. Or car, as my spouse is not at happy with even cracker crumbs in his vehicle.
Also, for years my raised vegetable beds have been as tidy and weed-free as a table-top, because I enjoy weeding better than anything, but they have not been so great at producing food. You had me totally won over to the idea of mulching for next year (if I can find something to put over them, weed seeds be damned), but when I told a friend, she said that mulch uses up a lot of nutrients in the soil while it is breaking down. Obviously you don’t seem to have that problem. Do you have any opinion on her idea?
I love your videos.
Mulch adds nutrients. The worms and other organisms in the soil eat the decaying plant matter, and poop out their “manure” – and that feeds the soil like nobody’s business! Hoe that helps 🙂 Because the mulch holds in moisture, the soil organisms are happy, and because you are feeding them, they proliferate, and do all your work for you. Get mulching! 🙂
I think you’re right. I’m going to try as soon as possible. Should I start this Fall or wait til Spring? Thanks for all your great videos, Greg