Mulch your Organic Vegetable Garden
and watch it flourish
Mulching your vegetable garden will really boost those veggies. It is a great way to save water, it will help to keep weeds away, insulates the soil from the summer heat and depending on the type of mulch, can feed your plants.
Oh and it will protect your topsoil, and your earthworms (and other creepy crawlies) will love it. The two types of mulch are Organic and Inorganic.
As well as saving water, Organic Mulch will rot slowly, releasing nutrients into the soil. Some examples are:
- Wood chips
- Dry grass clippings (short term mulch, mix with nitrogenous fertilizer)
- Barks (mix with nitrogenous fertilizer first) (no pine bark for veggies as it will stunt them).
- Shredded branches (age for a few months prior to using)
- Leaves (best shredded)
- Sawdust (compost prior to use, apply a thin layer only, mix with nitrogenous fertilizer)
- Manures (cow, sheep, horse) (rotted) (I would leave this for other areas of the garden, not as a mulch for veggies).
- Mushroom Compost (best to test the ph to ensure it is not too alkaline)
- Seaweed (composted or dried)
Inorganic Mulch will save moisture but will not rot. Examples are:
- Aggregates (rocks, pebbles, etc)
- River Sand (use the coarse variety as this will help with drainage)
How do I apply it?
- A depth of 8-10 centimeters.
- Leave a gap at the stem/trunk of the plant to avoid rot.
- Remember some mulches will break down quicker than others.
- Before applying your mulch, fertilize and water your area.
Vegetable Garden Mulch is great for all of your trees and plants, but not all plants like organic mulch as it can cause rot. These plants will be best with an inorganic mulch.
A note about pine bark
It is not recommended to repeatedly use pine bark as mulch as it causes a build up of tannins in the soil. Also as mentioned above can stunt the growth of your veggies.
Happy mulching! Your Organic Vegetable Garden will thank you :)
Before you go, check out my page on compost. As mentioned above, compost makes a great mulch. I have instructions on how to make the traditional Compost Heap and also some ideas for small spaces and for those who still want compost but just don't want a compost heap!
"Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll." ~ Author Unknown
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