Mulching and desertification (Google Alert / Gardening.ygoy)

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What is Mulch?
Mulch is the big brother of compost, to be precise.

What is it used for?

  • It shields the soil from the sun and prevents the moisture from evaporating.
  • It prevents weeds from growing by blocking the sunlight.
  • It will cut down the amount of water you usually put by retaining moisture.
  • It improves the quality of your soil by adding organic matter and by encouraging earthworms.
  • It controls soil erosion and slows run off velocity.
  • It repels insects
  • It controls soil temperature and keeps  it cool during the summers.
  • It reflects sunlight upwards to the plants and helps improve growing conditions.
  • It allows early seeding and transplanting of certain crops.
  • It encourages faster growth.

What is it made up of?

  • Organic mulches are made up of
  • Animal Manures
  • Compost
  • Composted Municipal Sludge
  • Hulls, Shells and Cobs
  • Muck Peat/Sphagnum Peat Moss
  • Pine Needles
  • Straw
  • Wood products
  • Shredded, chip or chunk bark
  • Wood chips or Shavings
  • Waste wood

What is Mulching?
Application of Mulch is commonly referred to as Mulching.
Mulch is usually spread on the soil bed as a thick layer about 7 centimeters deep leaving a gap of about 7 centimeters around the stem to prevent the rotting of the stem.
Mulching is usually done in the beginning of the growing season.
Mulching needs to be redone every season because Mulch tends to break down very quickly.

Introduction to organic gardening (Vegetable Grower)

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The Vegetable Grower

Organic Gardening Intro

Organic gardening methods avoid the use of manufactured fertilizers and other synthetic chemicals in the cultivation of soil and plants. Although organic gardening is often regarded as an alternative to gardening with chemicals, many organic techniques are simply good gardening practices and are compatible with other forms of gardening. In its gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society uses a combination of both organic and other methods to maintain soil fertility and deal with damaging pests, diseases and weeds. The reduced reliance on chemicals in a wholly or partly organic garden brings benefits through a more sustainable form of gardening and by encouraging wildlife.

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Organic gardening

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