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
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.