My wonderful husband wondered what I was carrying around the yard in a white bucket while I was planting the containers. After checking it out, he dubbed it "Cedar Chip Soup." I've tried different things to mulch my containers over the years: straw, cypress mulch, cedar mulch, sphagnum moss, etc. Then, one year I had some cedar bedding that you use in hamster cages leftover from another project. I dumped it into a bucket, poured in some water and put it in the containers. It worked great. Now, I buy the cedar bedding on purpose. The process is very messy. My WH grabbed the camera to show what I was doing.
One annoying thing about showing a process on a garden blog--you have to constantly wash your hands to take the photos. Unless you like your camera caked with grim.
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