How To Mulch An Organic Garden

I can’t tell you just how important it is to mulch your garden. It doesn’t have to be something that breaks down in a year or two, but the benefits of this kind of mulch are even greater than say organic pebbles / stones.

This is probably my best organic gardening secret – the thing that makes my vegetable garden so successful!!! Pea straw…  yes, pea straw. I cover the soil with it everywhere in my garden. It’s readily available here in South Australia. Some of the benefits that fill my mind with delight include:

  • prevents soil erosion – especially useful in windy locations
  • increases moisture retention – great for hot, dry conditions
  • adds organic matter to the soil as it breaks down completely over a year
  • adds nitrogen to the soil and feeds the soil
  • almost eliminates weeds

Wow! What a great list of benefits. And so, you might ask…  “What’s the best way to apply this mulch?” I like to use an old baby bath. As I write this, that last sentence seems really wierd. What does a baby bath have to do with pea straw mulch? I’ll show you…

Mulch bath

I like to make my mulch really soggy before laying it out around my plants. Mulches can absorb a lot of water and you don’t want a dry mulch sucking moisture away from your plants. So I make sure it’s really wet by placing a section of the bale in the bottom of the baby bath and covering it with water. I let it sit for a few minutes and then put it out where I want it.

Just on a re-using note… this was my daughters baby bath (she’s 19 now). Over the years it has had a few different uses, but has been of most use as a gardening aid. The two main uses are for wetting the mulch and I also use it to make up batches of potting mix – it’s the perfect size. I’m always thinking of how to re-use things. If you’ve got any good “re-use” tips for us, please leave a comment.

If  organic gardening is a new concept to you, take a look at my e-manual.

Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…

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3 Responses to “How To Mulch An Organic Garden”

  1. I like your thrift in re-using old items in innovative ways.

  2. hi,
    hey great tip, thanks .. will be saving all my pea vines for this from now on.

    don’t know if you know but in the UK at this time of year is when the local authorities start their annual pruning [massacre] of municipal plantings: Although they are harsh with there pruning it does throw up a great opportunity….
    When they have done their ‘pruning’ works they generally turn the off cuts into wood chips -leaving enormous piles of ready made mulch literally all over the place …
    The council guys have got used to me turning up every year and filling the boot of my car 3 or 4 times .Our local authority seem fine with this though YMMV … tbh I think they think I’m mental …

  3. Thank you for sharing this great information.
    Greatings from Holland

    Albert

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