Just read Emilias Hazelips Synergistic Agriculture. And i had a question i could not find answer in that book.
There in living cover(white clover in case) could be potential paradise for snails, bugs, beetles, etc. and they could do a lot of damage to my crop plants. Or they do not like white clover?
Does anyone here actually plat crops in living cover? Can you share some experience please?
Shawn Harper wrote:It's not as bad as normal mulches, also my guess is she runs ducks or plants alot of alliums... Just speculation.
Nope, there are no word on animals(if i remember right she is against any pasturing in garden) or other plants. I think fine mulch is harder to crawl for snails and slugs.
But living cover is tempting thing as it is one time investment. I will experiment in small scale first to see if it fits me.
I plant about half my raised beds in white clover, and slugs can become a problem (especially here in the slug-rich Pacific Northwest!) I don't normally run my ducks there, but sometimes I will get some tongs and pick up slugs in the evening for the ducks. One good things about the cover is that slugs spend time eating that too, along with their favorite "decoy" plants like burdock, horseradish, and dandelion. When I didn't pisk enough last year, I had some very large slugs taking out onion greens and few cabbages, but most things got on ok.
Nothing I've found has made this a big problem though - I'm keeping the living mulch!
Here in Iceland (a wet and very cold climate) I have usually problems with slugs if I keep too much mulching, but ground covers might be fine depending on the species used for the cover.
I had one bed covered with strawberries, and I had no problem with slugs there. But other beds that had plenty of mulching, had serious slug damage. I find it ideal to lay the organic matter mulch in early summer: this does not create a slug problem as early summer is dry. Then, late summer is wet and cold, so that's when I should not add mulching.
Just see what works for you, depending in climate and season.
in Portugal, sheltered terraces facing eastwards, high water table, uphill original forest of pines, oaks and chestnuts. 2000m2
in Iceland: converted flat lawn, compacted poor soil, cold, windy, humid climate, cold, short summer. 50m2