Approaches to Garden Mulching

You can use a variety of materials and methods to mulch your garden vegetable plot. Wood chips, hay, shredded newspapers, they all work equally well. There are some farms that use sheet mulching, that is, using sheets of black plastic over the fields and putting the seedlings through the plastic into the soil. This is very specialized and unless you really know what you’re doing, you might want to skip this approach if you’re just beginning to garden.

Generally, mulching keeps soil moisture in, weeds out, and your soil cool. Weeds love hot soil because it lets their seeds germinate better, so keeping the soil underneath your vegetable plants cool greatly slow down weed propagation.

Another mulching technique is to do what’s called “self-mulching“. It works ideally for low-to-the-ground leafy vegetable plants. It works because when planting these kinds of vegetables close together they effectively shade the soil under them and crowd out any weeds that might want to get in there. Take a look at this video to learn about the many ways to mulch your garden.

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