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My vegetable garden needs some love now that the drought has broken and we are getting some decent rain!! :)

The internet tells me that 50 square feet < 5 square metres. The area that I mulched is 2m x 3m, so that should be sufficient for the bb (I intend to do the entire vegetable garden over the next couple of days).

The mulch was chopped and dropped directly into the bed, then I started on weeds and things growing on the pathways and then I started on the weeds in the surrounding area, no more than a 15 metre circumference from the garden. I used a pair of scissors to do the chopping (they broke and I got blisters, I think I need one of those curved knives).
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Picture of the area to be mulched - I got ambitious and thought I'd do the whole thing in one go. She's a bit overgrown!!
Picture of the area to be mulched - I got ambitious and thought I'd do the whole thing in one go. She's a bit overgrown!!
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A bucket of chopped mulch - there were about 6 of these total
A bucket of chopped mulch - there were about 6 of these total
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I chopped the chopped mulch again to make it break down quicker
I chopped the chopped mulch again to make it break down quicker
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Mulch has been applied to an area of 2m x 3m
Mulch has been applied to an area of 2m x 3m
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So I attempted this BB already and did not mulch enough area so here is my additional chipping and dropping!

Here is the first area I chopped:





Here is the apple tree that needs some love:



I also chopped and dropped the area around the apple:



Here you can see the apple got thrashed this winter and the hedge is taking over. I move the mulch from the first area and put it around the base of the apple:



I then chopped back the hedge (to reveal an additional cherry tree! WOOT!) and removed the dead limbs from the apple. I then mulched around the apple with the branches from the hedge:

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Suburban hack for the chop and drop Badge Bit--

So at first I thought this said "shop and drop," which we do in the suburbs anyway, like ALL. THE. TIME.  It's so easy.  

Then of course I read the fine print and realized my mistake.  But I had already bought these bags of mulch--er, found, these bags of mulch--in front of the neighbors' house.  And I had an idea.

But wait! you say, you can't just do the drop without the chop.  

But here's the thing--my biomass already has a job to do, to be dropped on the lawn to somewhat appease a sense of respecting the landlord's property here by leaving a resemblance of a lawn, and I dont' want to chop that and steal that biomass.  

So I had the idea to switch them around--take my grass's biomass for the chop and drop, and then drop the neighbor's biomass on my grass.  (So my grass for the Badge Bit, the other grass to replace what I've taken.)

Also adding in some bittersweet on top, that's climbing around the hedge, and other choppings that my landlord just happened to do today (I'm so far ahead of everyone I don't even DO anything, I just get lucky and someone else does it.  Fukuoaka level expert.  You all just can't keep up.  Now if only I'd gotten a picture before he came by...). And I may top it off after the Badge Bit photo op with the bright orange-colored yew branches (see my last permaculture hack on the permaculture hack's that work page), just for holding the mulches in place.

Before I go ahead with this plan I am going to check with the neighbors about whether they spray anything.  But I thought this idea would be helpful for people working in small spaces.

I also was thinking of taking a weeding job and chopping and dropping there, then cleaning it up after and taking the weeds home, but it'll be much easier if I can just use the nextdoor neighbors' stuff.
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By the way, I think it would help clarify the Badge Bit if it said. "chop an area of at least 150 square feet and drop on an area of at least 50 square feet")
 
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Good point about adding the 150 square foot detail!

I think for this BB you have to do the chopping and the stuff you chop has to be the thing you're dropping.  I'm guessing there's a public space nearby (ditch, park, etc) with stuff you could chop and drop somewhere useful?
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Good point about adding the 150 square foot detail!

I think for this BB you have to do the chopping and the stuff you chop has to be the thing you're dropping.  I'm guessing there's a public space nearby (ditch, park, etc) with stuff you could chop and drop somewhere useful?



Not quite sure what you mean here but I chopped from everywhere I could on this property and dropped on the parts where I have plants I want.

Then my hack is to replace some of the grass biomass that I stole for the Badge Bit with foreign grass to help out the lawn and keep landlord happy-ish.  (He's been great!  Thanks, landlord!)
 
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My chop and drop--(doing this in pieces since it ate my post the first time and I lost about 15" of work)

I chopped in

a) shopping area a), the yard in general, corners where the lawnmower doesn't reach, then mowed (hand-powered mower) the lawn part too on low setting (I'll replace that biomass if I can, if not it's only lawn)
b) the yew hedge
c) the Carrot Corridor
d) the front yard
e) the Virginia Creeper wall

I dropped around:
a) garlic area 1                                                                                                                            (4 square feet -- 6" x 8')
b) garlic area 2                                                                                                                            (2 square feet ish)
c) onions and asparagus                                                                                                               (2 square feet)
d) carrot corridor plants--lettuces, carrots, some wild plants I want to eat                                        (18 square feet--18" x 12')
e) comfreys                                                                                                                                 (2 square feet)
f) the grand finale--raised bed (sunchokes, radishes, strawberries, blueberries, and others)               (32 square feet)


58 square feet total
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Area a)--anything I can find in here
Area a)--anything I can find in here
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Carrot Corridor--before mulching
Carrot Corridor--before mulching
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Carrot Corridor mulched--lettuce, carrot, lambsquarter, wild lettuce
Carrot Corridor mulched--lettuce, carrot, lambsquarter, wild lettuce
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lambsquarter
What the heck is he mulching? lambsquarter
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What the heck is he mulching
What the heck is he mulching? lettuce
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Mulch bucket--compare to size of Woodsman's Pal
Mulch bucket--compare to size of Woodsman's Pal
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Garlic area 2 to be mulched (6" x 8' = 4 square feet)
Garlic area 1 to be mulched (4 square feet = 6" x 8')
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garlic area 2 mulched
garlic area 1 mulched
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onions and asparagus mulched
onions and asparagus mulched
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Garlic area 1 mulched
Garlic area 2 mulched -- about 2 square feet
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Brussels Sprouts area mulched
Brussels Sprouts area mulched (you have to squint, they're marked by orange yew)
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Comfreys mulched
Comfreys mulched (you have to squint, the one on the left has leaves, they were recent transplants)
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from yew hedge--bittersweet and honeysuckle
from yew hedge--bittersweet and honeysuckle--choppings haul
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yew hedge chopped
yew hedge chopped
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garden bed 4x8 -- 32 square feet
garden bed 4x8 -- 32 square feet, sunchokes, radishes, miscellany
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garden bed 32' mulched
garden bed 32' mulched
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front lawn in process chopping--threw in some mullein leaves for good luck
front lawn in process chopping--threw in some mullein leaves for good luck
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Virginia Creeper wall to chop
Virginia Creeper wall to chop--seems more like Texas Creeper it's so big
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And Area I'm prepping for a next year veggie bed.

This location grows. very quickly I will have to do this may be 2 more times this year. Lots of poke and young staghorn sumac.

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Pre Chop
Pre Chop
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Post Chop
Post Chop
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Is mowing included in “chopping” or does it need to be by hand methods?
 
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I'd say that, much like everything in permaculture, it depends.  I'd say that if you mow with a lawn mower, it doesn't count.  If you mow with a sickle side-bar mower it probably would count.  Ideally you'd use hand methods.

The reason I'm saying sickle bar mowers may work is because they leave you with long pieces of grass to mulch with, vs a mower that gives you little bits.

The ideal is to have a plant you want to mulch, select some undesireable plants nearby and cut them to drop around the good one.  Next best is to chop an area nearby and relocate it a short distance to your mulch area.
 
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I mulched a 3' x 12' potato bed (36 sq ft) and a 4' x 4' area round a young apple tree (16 sq ft) so just over 50 sq ft.
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Before mulching with pea vines. Grass clippings were already in place.
Before mulching with pea vines. Grass clippings were already in place.
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After mulching
After mulching
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Apple tree before mulching
Apple tree before mulching
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After mulching
After mulching
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