A new mulch

It seems that I'm trying a new type of mulch this year. It was really easy to apply, and the price was right: free! The strangest thing is it's one of those colored mulches too, and I hate those!


My mulch is... perilla (Perilla frutescens) seedlings!

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I had a few plants growing over here last year, and this plant produces seed like nothing else I grow!


Lots of other weeds here too, mainly provided by the bird feeder:


You'd think that birds, chipmunks and squirrels would find every seed, but they don't.

Looks good filling a pot, doesn't it?


So much perilla!

The other side of the walkway is mulched with persicaria instead:


The seedlings aren't as prolific, but since these are perennial the parent plants (unlike the annual perilla) take up a lot of the available space:


Anybody else mulching this way?


Clearly I have so much weeding to do. Seems like I'll have time to do it this week finally.

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 25, 2016 at 1:39 PM)  

Hey, you've got a living carpet of weed suppressant right there.

Emily Khan  – (April 25, 2016 at 5:07 PM)  

Holy cow! That perilla is something else.

danger garden  – (April 25, 2016 at 11:58 PM)  

Wow, those are both really beautiful, too bad they won't magically stay that height or else yu really would have a great mulch.

Renee  – (April 26, 2016 at 1:18 AM)  

The purple is cute! Good luck with the weeding!

outlawgardener  – (April 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM)  

An innovative and new mulching idea. The color variety is stunning. I used to have bird feeder mulch but now make do with forget me not mulch. Fun stuff.

Heather  – (April 27, 2016 at 9:53 AM)  

Someone I saw speak (maybe Rick Darke?) was yelling about mulch and how we should be using ground covers instead. So: bravo!

Alan  – (April 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM)  

Thanks all! I've never understood using plants as mulch. We're told not to plant too closely and to remove weeds to reduce competition, but somehow planting a carpet is fine, even recommended? I need to be educated on this!

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