Using Mulch In The Garden + Members Only Live Chat

There are a lot of people talking about using mulch in gardens these days. People like Ruth Stout and her book No-Work Garden Book: Secrets of the Famous Year-Round Mulch Method and the Back To Eden Gardening Film have brought a lot of recognition to this method of gardening. Here Is what you need to know about using mulch in the garden.

 


 

Here Is What We Discuss In The Live Chat:

 

 

Why you might want to use mulch in your garden

  • Moisture retention – mulch blocks the sun from beating down on the soil and drying out as quickly.
  • Weed suppression – a thick layer of mulch prevents weeds from growing.
  • Disease control – many disease issues come from the soil, mulch will prevent the soil from splashing on the plant thus helping to prevent disease.
  • Soil temperature control –  mulch creates an insulation barrier which helps to regulate soil temperatures.
  • Prevents soil erosion – because mulch forms a barrier between soil and erosion contributors such as water and rain, soil stays in place.
  • Encourages microbial activity in the soil – soil microbes like it dark, warm and moist, the very environment mulch provides.

 

Organic Mulches

  • Chopped or shredded leaves – preferably older leaves that have slightly composted.
  • Straw
  • Newspaper
  • Grass clippings 
  • Compost
  • Cardboard
  • Rotted hay
  • Chop and drop of dynamic nutrient accumulators

 

Inorganic Mulches

  • Clear, black, or colored plastic
  • Polyester garden fabrics
  • Gravel or stone
  • Carpet remnants

 

Living Mulch

Benefits of living mulch

  • All the benefits of other mulches +
  • Can add nitrogen to soil
  • Improves soil tilth
  • Attracts pollinators

 

Possible Issues

  • Can compete with crops over nutrients in the soil
  • Can compete for water in a dry environment

 

Some common plants used as living mulch

  • comfrey
  • hostas
  • plantain (homestead hostas)
  • strawberries
  • purslane
  • bush beans
  • clover

I also take a walk around my garden showing you a few of the mulching methods I use.

 


 

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Harold

Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
Harold
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Harold

Harold

I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.