The undercover gardener

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


California’s winter rains patter on fallen leaves and brown grasses above soils crawling with sub-terrestrial animals. Natural mulch feeds a crescendo of green emerging to meet the sky.

Mulching is a cycle of plants and trees laying down their old lives to produce the earth’s new life. When we spread organic matter over our soil, we are mimicking our planet’s natural ecology.

Because we can recombine elements, we can also spread manufactured materials like polyethylene plastics or woven gr...

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