Last winter our veggie garden became rather wet and claggy so this year I decided to spread a layer of mulch over it to help free up the soil and make it easier to maintain. I should have done this several months ago to give it more time to break down over the winter but I’ve been too busy. All being well I will dig the mulch in about mid September just prior to spring planting.
The photo below shows me making a start on shifting the first truckload. Unfortunately the ground was too wet for the truck to make it around to the back garden so it was a wheel barrow job.
After a some hours of doing this the novelty began to wear a little thin. However a little physical exertion on a cold winter afternoon couldn’t be all bad. Having a big section and garden has helped to keep me reasonably fit over the last few years and it’s much more enjoyable than going to a gym. Cheaper too as there are no fancy clothes and shoes required.
Critical for the hens that I watched my every step as they were constantly underfoot on the lookout for a snack. Sadly for the girls this was all too fresh to be harbouring anything remotely tasty.
No sooner than I had shifted the first pile when our friendly arborist arrived with another yet bigger truck load. This came about because when he dumped the first lot I commented that it was a little on the small side considering what I’d “forked out” for it.
After surveying this second delivery I felt more satisfied with my purchase and made him aware that I had more than enough to go on with. The time had also arrived to use the jumbo wheel barrow that up until till now had only been storing pumpkins and collecting dust on our front deck.
Some of the benefits of using mulch are ….
- Suppresses weed germination and growth.
- Helps to improve the structure of the soil.
- Assists with the breakdown of any clay.
- Aiding water retention during summer means your vegetables need less watering which saves time and money.
- Ground retains more warmth during winter and helps to keep plant roots cooler during the heat of summer.
- Prevents erosion of valuable top soil.
- Add nutrients.
- An easy way to add organic matter to your garden.
- When you have a large garden like ours its more cost effective than buying made up mulches from the local garden centre.
- Lessens garden maintenance.
- Beautification … however this is more applicable in flower beds and when used around trees. Usually short lived in a veggie patch.
- Importantly mulching helps to create a worm friendly environment.
Other than where the strawberries are growing the garden now has been covered with a 10 centimeter layer of mulch.
As shown below I have “slightly” more than needed so its been heaped up ready for future use.
If you use mulch in your garden what type do you use and how often do you apply it? Your comments can be made below.