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Do You Use Organic Mulch For Your Vegetable Garden
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Do You Use Organic Mulch For Your Vegetable Garden

Using organic mulch in my vegetable garden has been a both a personal, and financial choice in my life, which I have had fun in experimenting with over the years. It will take a conscious decision to use organic methods and to use nature instead of chemicals to feed your vegetables through your soil.

Mulch is mother nature's blanket for your garden, and most of the materials that you can use for organic mulch in your garden, are already within your reach. As your are probably already aware, growing vegetables does not come without sacrifice to your soil. As gardeners we need to be putting back into the soil the nutrients your vegetables are taking out. Organic mulching is one of the most simple ways of doing this.

There are some things you will need to consider when applying any type of organic mulch, such as, availability, cost, appearance and the effect it will have on the soil. As mulch acts as a great weed mat, which helps with water retention and we still want it to look good at no great cost to us.

Some of the most common materials used for organic mulch are:

- compost - this will take time to develop

- grass clippings

- leaves

- straw

- bark and wood chips

- newspaper and cardboard

With choosing compost though you will need to be patient as it is not something you can make over night. The rest can be applied direct to the soil. I tend to shred the news paper for in the compost and lay out a few layers thick, with a layer of lawn clippings on top (to weigh it down) and use it as a weed mat. The other materials can be applied direct and/or used to build up your compost.

When using organic mulch for your garden, be aware it is only a temporary measure as it naturally decomposes.and will not last. The benefit of this is you are continually feeding your soil, while retaining moisture and keeping the weeds at bay. You are also making good you of your refuse and giving it back to nature.

It is never too late to start in your organic lifestyle. Start your compost, collect your grass clippings, bag all those leaves up every fall, and keep your newspapers instead of putting them out for recycling. After all, you don't have to start out big, as I didn't. Its been a gradual transition for me, which has now become normal process in my backyard.

When it comes time for you to start applying organic mulch to your garden, be imaginative with what you have on hand. Give it a go , if you are not already, as the benefits far out-way the negatives. It is not only great for the environment, but also reassuring to know that your family are getting toxin free vegetables.


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I agree, I think it's the future for many people too. People are becoming aware of the health issues associated with eating all of that store bought processed garbage. There is nothing better than fresh grow veggies right out of the back yard!

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  about 9 years ago

I agree with you Ty, good to see more people are becoming aware and reaping the rewards of growing their own, and the flavour.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for this interesting article. I am really sure this is the future for human being. Thanks a lot!

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  about 9 years ago

So true, I am aiming for a self sufficient lifestyle, just starting with my little plot, great place to practice before I get my little block of land.

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  about 9 years ago

Good ideas JoAnne. I am fortunate in living a short drive from a beach where you can drive your vehicle right onto the sand. I load up with seaweed for compost and mulch. It's great as it is chock full of minerals, repels animal pests and with newspaper under it I have no weeds. It really stimulates action in the compost pile because it breaks down rapidly.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Jim, I have friends who do the same and I haven't managed to get access to seaweed, but am looking into this for my garden. Thanks for your great idea.

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  about 9 years ago

Good advice JoAnne, I will put it into practice. I have also heard of using the dust collected in the vacuum to feed tomatoes in the hot house works a treat.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Mark, something I have never tried, but will put it into practice this season. Thanks for the advice.

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  about 9 years ago
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