I have to say that our garden is looking fabulous this season!Thank you to everyone that has removed the grass and weeds on our walkways and added wood chips between the plots. If you haven't had the chance, please do this around your plot. The ground is nice and soft after all the rain last weeks so it's a great time to pull out weeds!
Soon the soil will be warm enough for us to start MULCHING with those wood chips. Remember that these wood chips are fresh, not like the expensive dark ones you would buy at a garden store. This means that they have not had any time to decompose yet. If you put these wood chips directly onto your soil, they will bind nitrogen from the soil- this is definitely not good for all your plants which that need nitrogen! The solution is 4-5 sheets of newspaper between the soil and the wood chips. In the fall, once the wood chips have baked in the sun all summer, they can be safely mixed into the soil (along with the newspaper) to make great planting bed for next season.