Mulching is one of the best methods to keep your garden soil from drying out completely, it controls the weeds and it also helps with cooler weather. You can use several different materials for mulch, however, I definitely have the favorites that work for me. Thus, I want to share with you what I am using for mulch and the 4 basic rules to follow when mulching a vegetable garden. Hence, keep on reading and try to experiment with what you think it’s best as a perfect solution.
For starters, I should mention that I work differently with mulching for a flower garden and a vegetable garden. That is because a vegetable garden needs something more precise, practical and quick solutions. Some of the materials I would definitely recommend:
– pine needles
– wood chips
– ground corncobs
– grass clippings
The most successful case was a mulch made from composting straws with manure. When the garden season was over, it really broke down easier into the soil. And that’s where the composting helped a lot.
Furthermore, I also noticed how well the grass clippings laid on top of soaked newspaper worked. However, this mulch was a little bit more complicated because it dried out quickly, and the grass clippings tended to mold.
As you probably guessed, leaves are the most favorite for a lot of gardeners because the mix easily into the soil at the end of the garden season.
Moreover, others use cardboard and newspaper making sure they soak them thoroughly. Then, they simply place it around the plants, topping them with organic materials such as hay, chopped leaves, straw, compost, straw etc.
However, the entire process of mulching really takes up a lot of time and patience but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Thus, no matter what materials you prefer or whatever the method, here you have the 4 simple and basic rules when it comes to mulching your vegetable garden:
1. Remove the weeds and the grass from the garden before you start mulching.
2. Make sure the mulch is not touching the stems of the plants. Thus, the mulch should only be piled up around the plants.
3. The thickness of a mulch should be at least two-three inches thick. Hence, for this, you can easily buy a plastic ruler to measure how thick your mulch is.
4. Make sure you are watering the soil before mulching and then place the mulch around the plants.
In conclusion, these were the basic rules you should be considering when mulching the vegetable garden. I strongly recommend mulching because it will help your plants and it will also keep the weeds to a managable level. Thus, mulching is certainly worth the effort.