Preparing for Winter with Pine Needles
Pine needles are a fabulous natural resource for the Outdoor Classroom. A couple of years ago I began using pine needles instead of pebble stones for my pathways. I ultimately got tired of buying and spreading little bags of stones that never filled the entire area. My garden naturally has an abundance of pine needles. While gardening one day I simply started spreading the needles into all the paths. I love it. A brilliantly natural solution. Now question, can I prep my vegetable garden with pine needles instead of mulch?
I had always heard of gardeners using pine needles as mulch in their gardens; however always feared the needles would change the acidity of the soil. Last year I did the Newspaper Method in my vegetable garden to add nutrients. This year, after a little research, I learned that pine needles do not add a tremedous amount of acidity to the soil.
Here are a few articles I found on the topic:
We won’t know unless we try. Let the experiment begin….
- Step One: Clean out vegetable garden.
- Step Two: Cover the garden bed with pine needles
- Step Three: Add signs and wait until Spring!
Goodnight Vegetable Garden, we will see the results in the Spring. Do you have a favorite method for preparing your garden beds for winter? Have you ever used pine needles as mulch? Share your gardening stories in the post below.