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OMG!!! I love the straw mulch I put down a month ago. I had a rambling messy spot along the back fence that was overgrown with ivy (and poison ivy come to find out). I pulled all the ivy and dumped a bunch of yard waste on top of the soil. Then I loaded on 2 bales of straw. Flash forward one month to today -- I pulled back the straw and turned over the soil -- luscious, beautiful soil with big fat worms.<br><br>
We have been dumping our kitchen compost there too. I just pull back the straw, dump the scraps and peelings and bits and lay the straw back down. Everything has been rotting away very nicely. There were a few egg shells and cantaloupe rinds that were still intact, but the majority of it was well rotted. Nothing smelled and I didn't have to mess around with a compost bin.<br><br>
I am letting it settle down and warm up for a few more days and then I get to plant all my lovely seedlings next weekend. Hooray! I love this gardening method.<br><br>
We'll keep dumping our kitchen waste there and keep the garden bed heaped with straw and I should have a nice summer's harvest, weed-free and easy.<br><br>
Thought you guys might be interested. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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That sounds easy enough for me, very interesting. Did you make up this method or read about it somewhere so I could check it out? It could probably go less well if the spot isn't well-drained or too shady, I'd guess. My luck, I'd create swamp gas or something!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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No, not my idea. I snitched it from Ruth Stout. She has written a few books. I have not read them, but did a bit of googling for information. There is a nice website here: <a href="http://www.homestead.org/Gardening/Ruth%20Stout%20-%20The%20No-Dig%20Duchess.htm" target="_blank">http://www.homestead.org/Gardening/R...%20Duchess.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
There is no stinky gas at all. In fact the whole thing smells of nice warm straw. I suppose if it was a really wet spot, you might get some funk, but that may happen with or without a heavy mulch layer.
 
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