PINE NEEDLES as Fertilizer and Soil Amendment

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Why might pine needles and straw be good for the garden?

I use pine needles as a mulch for my containers and grow bags, and as an ingredient in compost. If you’re on a quest to improve your clay soil, adding pine needles may break it up, allowing more air to flow through

Pine Needles & Straw as fertilizer

Where do I find free pine needles?

I gather them from holiday trees or collect a small bag while I’m at a park or on a hike.

  • Pine needles will probably not make the soil more acidic. After studying the subject, I found there’s plenty of evidence showing that it would take several yearly applications to make a noticeable difference to your plants.

I would not recommend adding pine needles to an active garden bed. Microbes will steal nitrogen from your soil to break the needles down.Pros to pine straw as fertilizer

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