This is a post reprint for May 6-12 International Compost Awareness Week. This important educational program is sponsored by the US Composting Council, with the theme of Compost! …Replenish the Earth for Generations, and supported by the Compost Council of Canada, with the theme of Give Back to the Earth … COMPOST!
Mulching is sort of a kissing cousin to composting.
According to the Ecological Agriculture Projects website, there are lots of good reasons to mulch.
- controls weeds
- protects roots
- improves soil
- reduces pests
- keeps soil most
- moderates soil temperatures
I gathered a large tub of leaves and pine needles from the cliff-side path (with the added bonus of a neater trail). After a heavy watering, I spread the natural mulch over the potato bed and watered one more time. My hope was to keep the sprouting seed potatoes moist enough to keep growing during an upcoming two week absence.
I saved some of the leafy mulch for my strawberries in pots and a few seedlings that had to be hastily repotted. When I have to leave the cabin during warm summer months, I hope for rain. Between the mulch and a little extra moisture, everything should not only survive, but thrive.
The Ecological Agriculture Projects website is published by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada. Publications are available in French and English on a variety of agricultural and gardening topics. -- Margy