By Kristen Duever – Off The Grid News
As we enjoy the changing seasons and the vibrant colors that come with autumn, we prepare ourselves for cooler temperatures and the raking and gathering of fallen leaves. For gardeners, this doesn’t mean an added chore, but actually a beneficial moment for improving and preparing our gardens for winter. There are many uses for those discarded leaves, and below are a few common ones.
- Compost: Mow the leaves and place in the compost pile. It is easy to shred the leaves with a mower.
- Leaf mold: This is a pile of leaves and soil that sits for about a year, and then is added to the compost. It helps with nutrients and soil-building.
- Storing: This is a method of keeping all the leaves in a pile and using them to add to the compost when brown material is needed.
- Mulch: Mulch retains moisture, controls temperature of soil and limits weed growth. Leaves also add nutrients and brown material as time goes on.
Let’s take a look at using autumn leaves. Mulching is one of the easiest and most beneficial methods of using autumn leaves.
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Organic. Small companies and billion-dollar corporations everywhere in the world love that word. Everything, every label that contains the word “organic” or “bio” on it costs twice as much when compared with the “regular” version, have you ever noticed that?
But don’t worry because today we’re going to tell you everything there is to know about DIY organic mulch that will cost you next to nothing and it will keep your garden happy.
Let’s begin with the simple question: what is mulch? Well, mulch is that “stuff” that you spread over the soil surface of your yard, garden or flower beds. Mulch has several purposes. It helps retain the moisture in the soil, keeps the weeds away, keeps the soil warm in the winter and cool in the summer and it also looks pretty cool sometimes (decorative mulch).
If it’s the organic type, mulch will also work as a fertilizer for your plants because it decomposes over time, releasing nutrients into the soil.
As you can see, mulching is an important step to take if you’re into vegetable gardening. If you don’t use mulch, weeds will become a problem in no time. Many fruit and vegetable plants have trouble with regulating moisture level properly, especially during the hot summer days.
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