Originally posted by twhitehead
I assume you don't have enough space to grow your own mulch.
I think I have seen wood chips used as mulch. Not sure if you can get those either.
Plastic would probably work if you make lots of holes in it, but I suspect that with time it would disintegrate and end up polluting your soil with small pieces of plastic. In fact that would be my main concern about any non-organic mulch.
I am afraid that lack of space is one of the big problems with my garden -the other big problems being everywhere in it having semi-shade and the soil having a high clay content and setting almost like concrete when it dries and, to make matters worse, I have the perennial battle to stop the neighbors many cats using my garden as a cat litter tray. I am also worried that the giant lime tress overhanging my garden from a public area may get blown down by a storm and come crashing down on my garden and house. These lime trees are infested with tree aphid that have been secreting honeydew that has rained down on many of my vegetables and stuck to them and now there is a risk of sooty mold taking a hold on that which would cut out light for photosynthesis and contaminate the crop.
And now, unbelievably, I have just discovered asbestos berried in my garden -along with broken glass bottles, plastic, nails and other rubbish. I have been systematically and painstakingly been removing every tiny piece of it.
Altogether, a very bad garden to have.
I had an idea of using waste cardboard which I could shred in a shredding machine -but that would require me buying a shredding machine and not really sure if that would be worth it.
I once heard of a farmer using second-hand carpets which he just lay on the ground and put slits in it and planted through the slits. That sound like an interesting idea but not sure where to get hold of ultra-cheap second-hand carpets and I have also heard you must be very careful about which carpets you allow for this because some would have toxic chemicals in them that would leach into the soil and make anything that grows in the soil poisonous!
I would also worry that, if a carpet is second hand, it may have been in contact with something very dirty and be contaminated with god knows what -so I don't think I will use that idea.
But I will continue to work on the problem and I am sure I will come up with a plan eventually.