I have a question about what material is best to use during summer, to cover the ground and protect it from drying out and of course.. future composting.
Last year I used leafs from the forest close by, heaps of them. It worked pretty good, it seemed to give the plants a very nice save bedding, and it even gave me a lot of mushrooms. I heard that mushrooms are a sign of good health of the earth, so thats wonderful. But it was very much work to get the leafs (I have no car), and they compost pretty quickly so several times a year would be needed.
Now I was thinking about using other material. Maybe wood, the type that they throw on forest paths to keep the weeds away. Also natural, and it will compost at some point, but it will take a bit longer.
Would that be a good idea? If yes, are there any things I should think about? No pine tree wood right?
Sorry for the very long post and my bad English.