Mulching holds a close second place next to compost as being the organic gardener’s closest companion. Mulching around vegetables, trees, shrubs, and flowers is beneficial in a variety of ways. Besides enriching the soil with organic matter, mulch also aides in keeping the soil temperature even, prohibiting extremes of too hot or too cold year round.
There are two main times in the year when mulching the garden, orchard and flowerbeds is essential. Place mulch around outdoor plants in late autumn to provide a barrier of protection from frigid temperatures and mulch again in early summer to help plants retain needed moisture and to reduce the growth of weeds. In summer, mulch also helps keep fruit and vegetables off the ground and out of standing water, avoiding unnecessary rot.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.
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