Posted: 19/03/2016 at 21:16
I don't ever mulch veg beds with bark. You can dig in manure for veg like runner beans, tomatoes and courgettes, but not root veg like carrots and parsnips. Don't ever sow under bark. Bark is much better for mulching in shrub beds or mixed shrub and flower borders to keep the weeds down and the moisture in. So you can grow most veg in your prepared beds but if you want carrots and parsnips this year either dig another bed or grow them in containers. Carrots can do very well in containers as they like light soil with no stones.