Mulch
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The gardening experts disagree about many of the details, but they all seem to agree on mulch. Four to six inches over a half acre of flower beds at three dollars a two cubic foot bag... It doesn't take Jethro Bodine to cypher that that's not going to work. Fortunately modern tree farming methods leave behind enough scraps to last many years.
Thirty minutes with a pitchfork yields a two ton load.
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And the little dog laughed to see such sport.
          
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When my sister Lucia established her Thoroughbred training facility, Easy Breeze Farm, one of the by-products composted stable sweepings, aka - horse manure.

The first year it came fresh, and had to cure here:
Fresh Stable Sweepings

Fresh Stable Sweepings

Steamy, cooking already

Steamy, cooking already

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Loading Fresh Manure

A better Look

A better Look

After a few years, it was coming ready-to-eat:
Well Done

Well Done

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Covered, you never know

Covered, you never know

Putting it where it's wanted

Putting it where it's wanted

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