Great Expectations & Practices
In many regions, August is the month gardeners take most pride in their gardens. Roses are bursting into a riot of colours, silken poppies glimmer in the sun, the tiny seeds sown so hopefully in the cool spring are now lush plants threatening to take over the bed. Of course you want this beauty and this bounteous harvest to continue. To keep your plants attractive and producing well mulching is an essential technique. Mulching is the practice of adding a protective layer of organic or inorganic material on topsoil around plants or over plants. Whether for ornamental or food-producing plants mulching is done for several reasons. It insulates and nourishes the soil, keeps weeds down, conserves moisture, and prevents erosion. We were a slow convert to mulching until a friend showed me how much soil he lost every year to wind erosion on his fields. Now it’s a regular part of our gardening practices.