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Post  docachna 11/24/2020, 12:16 pm

I have a 4' x 8' bed of Mel's Mix that I raised strawberries in last year. I cut them back after the crop, and for the most part, they have grown back well again.

I'm undecided about how to mulch them. I would not suppose straw would work in Mel's Mix !

Has anyone tried burlap ? It would seem to breathe adequately. Anything else that has worked ?

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Post  OhioGardener 11/24/2020, 1:12 pm

Straw works fine for mulching the top of the beds for winter protection, and then remove the bulk of it in the spring as the plants begin growing. Any straw left on the beds will quickly be digested by the microbes to further enrich the soil.

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Post  docachna 11/25/2020, 12:28 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Straw works fine for mulching the top of the beds for winter protection, and then remove the bulk of it in the spring as the plants begin growing. Any straw left on the beds will quickly be digested by the microbes to further enrich the soil.

Okay. I wasn't aware straw could be used in Mel's Mix. If that's the case, that's easy...
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Post  sanderson 12/13/2020, 4:07 pm

Docachna, We don't actually use straw in the Mel's Mix. But, after removing the straw mulch, there will be little pieces left and it is okay to mix them into the MM.

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