A quick question. I am in my first year of owning an allotment and i a
currently planting out my first plants....
I have read about the benefits of mulching (weed suppresent, moistur
retainer etc). I was wondering which plants should i apply mulch aroun
and what should this mulch consist of? I live in the UK and i hope t
grow all types of different veg this year including beans, brassicas
root veg, various salad leaves. Most of the plot is open but i als
have two large raised beds
It might sound daft but if i apply mulch won't this restrict what i ca
plant or can i just plant through it?
I just finished putting grass clippings around my Swiss chard, cabbage
and broccoli. I always put grass clippings around also everything. If
you put some mulch down now and want to plant later, just push the
mulch aside and put plants in or clear a row and seed. After the
seeds get started good, put the mulch back over.
"Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
You can mulch around everything, but there are a few things to consider.
For very tiny seedlings, I use rice hulls which is the husk of the rice
grain so is very tiny and I scatter it thinly until the seedlings get to a
decent size and can take a more robust mulch. For things like corn (do you
call that maize in the UK? - anyway, the plant that gets over 2 metres and
grows cobs of corn) I use very robust mulch (hay/straw/old leaves - whatever
is to hand and sometimes have it as thick as 30 cm. Some plants don't like
mulch right up to their stems but things like tomatoes and corn thrive on it
and actually grow more roots out into the mulch if conditions are right.
Also mulch any fallow beds to prevent weeds and to feed your worm population
and then when you need to plant, just scrape the mulch back with your hand
and you'll probalby find that the soil is so friable you won't need to do
anything other than to loosen the soil with a hand fork.
for fallow gardens I use plant residue. Example, corn stalks once harvested
or sweet potato or broccoli. Harvest and then spread rest of plant across
the garden. I also use old coffee grounds several inchs thick on beds lying
fallow over winter. You can mulch a garden bed and put transplants direct
through the mulch or with larger seeds (eg corn0 I have seen people plant
them into a handful of fine compost nestled into the mulch (hay/straw).
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