Here in Southern California, this “winter” has been a tug of war between the cool crisp of winter and the heat of a July afternoon. But that heat is the first sign of the spring soon to come. Which also means that we need to get cracking to prep our garden for the warmer season to come.
If you’re an experienced gardener, you will certainly know the benefits of mulching. Mulch is comprised of all kinds of organic material (leaves, bark, compost, or whatever you have available to you), that can help improve the growth of your garden. It can help regulate the soil temperature, improve water retention or even prevent soil erosion. It’s generally full of nutrients, too, that help to nourish our plants as they grow.
Whether you are an expert or a beginner at mulching, here are four ways to get mulching for your spring garden:
1. Use leaves. The best part about using leaves is that they are typically very easy to obtain. You may even already have a stockpile of them in your yard leftover from winter. Leaves are particularly good mulch for plants like broccoli and peas.
2. Invest in burlap bags/sacks. Burlap bags are great for plants like blueberries and carrots because they allow moisture through while also protecting against stark drops in temperature. Not to mention, they generally are more aesthetically pleasing and add a charming touch to your garden landscape.
3. Try straw. Straw is also a fairly easy to obtain and is tends to be light and delicate for your more sensitive plants. But make sure to layer it on thick because--- only a light covering of straw can actually cool down your soil up to 25 degrees, which could shock your plants.
4. Mow your lawn. Save the grass clippings as mulch. Our lawns are especially rich in nitrogen making them a nutrient-dense mulch for our plants, most especially our vegetables.
Preparation will reap many rewards. Start early on prepping your mulch. We bet your garden will be thriving just as soon as the spring heat decides to stick around for good. Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit forhealthandliving/ivhpevents.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan