Growing Carbon

Not the most pretty photo I agree, but to the food gardener this is a gorgeous supply of carbon, a beautiful bounty of mulch… These are my cornstalks.

How do you deal with big chunky bits of of garden waste? Make ’em smaller of course! Chop them into 20cm chunks with your loppers and spread them back onto the bed they came from as mulch for the next crop. Leave the roots in please – they’re doing a valuable job in your soil housing microbiology, opening soil for air and stabilising. Simply plant your next crop around them. You’ll be amazed how quickly those big chunky roots rot down in active soil.

growing carbon - corn stalks