Originally Posted by troutman
Use fallen leaves or wild grasses instead.
They are natural and will enrich the soil.
Don't pollute wild environments please.
Originally Posted by Mtn. Nectar
I would look at my soils and prep for better h2o retention within hole then apply non fungal/algae native mulch for top dressing.........
plastic......plastic.....sound s like Jim Mora's response to Super Bowl.......
I appreciate people being concerned and warning about plastic waste. As I previously said that's not really the issue on the spot I'm thinking of, a long time abandoned house and elders in my area couldn't care less about ecology so the place is basicaly a big waste-yard. That's great to deter humans but proved itself tricky for working (gloves mandatory because of broken glass everywhere) It appears there is a big stock of partially degraded plastic liner in the barn and was thinking they could serve as a replacement for flat stones if under a thick mulch as I a am very enthousiast about the combo flat stones+thick mulch in arid ecosystem, never had problems with voles, I'm more concerned about boars. Appart from that I use buried plastc bottles (which I take back later on of course
)around the hole for watering,replace the cap when full and it gives me a slow watering 10 inch deep.
About water crystals I know they work great but last time I looked they were approved for ornemental plants but not for edibles yet, another side of them is I would like to know more about the kinds of modifications soil could possibly get after degradation.
My soil is a mix of native soil, old leaves compost, home made biochar and a little manure. Last year I've been lazy about collecting leaves, I had a punctured japanese tatami which I cut in 2 pieces and brought there, If someone asked I'd just be a zen master who brought material for practicing his art in the woods
it's amazing how much rice straw you get from a half real Japanese tatami.