A successful vegetable garden counts heavily on your garden mulch.
Mulch helps do a variety of things for your garden. It helps it retain moisture, prevents weeds from taking over, and can improve your soil. Mulch is often nutrient rich, inexpensive, and easy to use. But how do you know which mulch to use? Thankfully, you will find your many options for the best vegetable garden mulch below.
Whether your garden be big or small, take a peek at these to find one that suits you…
Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options:
Alfalfa is high in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. It increases organic matter in the soil as well.
This makes an excellent layer when you are composting. It will suffocate your harmful weeds!
Hay is mostly made of carbon and one of the most common mulches.
- Lawn and grass clippings
Clippings are high in lovely nitrogen and should be layered on in thin layers.
- Dry leaves
These are high in carbon and low in nitrogen. Bag up your leaves and keep them for your mulching needs.
Newspapers opened and spread thick make an excellent weed barrier. Check out our post on the many benefits of Newspaper vs. Landscape Fabric
- Dry pine needles
Pine needles are full of carbon and great for vegetable gardens!
As you can see, there are quite a few mulch options that involve materials you already have around your home and yard. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy mulch. If you have an abundance of pine needles, clipping, leaves, newspapers, or hay you are all set! Use it to your advantage as a mulch material and really get some bang for your buck.
Mulch truly is marvelous and acts as a barrier against the bad while holding in the good. Take advantage of all that it offers this growing season and watch your garden flourish! You will be so glad you did!