Use cow manure to create a mat that suppresses weeds, fertilizes, and conserves water in your garden.
To plant seeds in a matted area, I make a groove in the mat with an edging tool and fill the groove with moist peat moss mixed with seeds. I water the peated area until the sprouted plants’ roots have reached the soil under the mat.
Photo by Anuttama Budd.
A friend brought me some “end of the season, no guarantees” bare-root fruit trees in late spring. They were in sad shape, but I patty-matted them and they all survived with minimal watering.