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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:44 pm 
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Just massacred the volunteer tagasaste for mulch.

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I got about 6 of these baskets from the tree :clap:

How much nitrogen draw down would you expect to get when put directly onto a raised garden bed :?: :?:

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Hi Curnow,
I think nitrogen draw down can be a bit of a fallacy.
I have seen it once when straw was placed on a vege garden and the seedlings went yellow, it was straight straw not lupin mulch or pea hay, but the cheapest stuff that you can get.
I have used truckloads of green mulch as in freshly mulched free stuff with no ill effects what so ever. If you are worried you can used blood and bone to counter possible effects.
Especially if you are placing fresh green mulch over older mulch as a top up, by the time it takes effect it has possibly aged.

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Bill Mollison loves to use tagasaste trimmings directly onto garden beds as mulch; he says that composting it first wastes too many nutrients. ...
found this with a search of tagasaste and mulch.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:25 pm 
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Thanks Faye :thumb:

I did put it onto old mulch as a top up ready for winter so I was not too worried about the nitrogen thing.

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Here I am googling tagasaste and its the lucerne tree that I've still got a pack of seed in the draw. :joy: Does it take long to grow.

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Quite quick to grow, a pioneer species that grows well in many areas, there's a lot growing around the Perth metro areas on vacant land where they get no water or attention.

I'd be one to just chop n drop, or chop n mulch n drop in place...

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120 seeds and a spare block. I like mulch. :rock:

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Gday Duff,

They do spread by seed easily and can take over a bit.
The 2 trees we have were volanteers that came in with sand for our shed pad. The tree I have just mulched for the second time in 18 months :D

I transplanted one from a sand pile. The tree was only 30cm tall but the tap root was 1 metre long so they can get water from a long way down.

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Quite quick to grow, a pioneer species that grows well in many areas, there's a lot growing around the Perth metro areas on vacant land where they get no water or attention.

I'd be one to just chop n drop, or chop n mulch n drop in place...

Cool - there's a vacant block next to me - might have to visit it when (if?) it starts to rain later in the year. Will have to modify your chop n mulch n drop in place to chop n mulch n drop in my place

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