mom. Organic Gardening. January 06th , 2018.
Organic Garden Mulch is a key part of organic gardening, particularly when you grow a crop like tomatoes. The moisture content as well as the soil are the key elements to have a thriving and healthy crop. Mulching is a great method in keeping the moisture from evaporating from the soil and keeping the weeds away, but be careful, don’t mulching your garden to early. A lot of gardeners make a big mistake by adding heavy type of organic Mulches around their tomato plants too early. Wait four to five weeks til the soil has warmed up, particularly when your location is in northern areas. Heavy Mulch such as straw, will insulate the soil and it will take more time to warm. Applying Mulches to soon in the season will keep the ground cool, and that’s not a good news as it will make the harvest delayed for several weeks. Particularly in the northern areas where the growing season is already short.
At the beginning stage of planting, don't apply any Mulch at all. You need the ground to heat up maximally. Applying organic garden Mulch in the initial stage would prevent the temperature of the soil to be warmed up. You need to apply Mulch when the summer season has arrived to retain the moisture. Mulch is important is to prevent rain drops and water from the irrigation to splash onto the leaves. If that happens, the leaves will get fungus diseases.
It’s recommended to applying a thick layer (3-4 inch) of organic garden Mulch around your plants. The organic garden Mulch can be from compost, shredded leaves, composted leaves, or straw. The Mulch will give benefits to your crops. Grass clippings can also be used as Mulch as long as they’re taken from a lawn that’s chemically free.
Organic Gardening is an environmentally friendly way of gardening. It gives healthy crops without harming mother nature.
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