I agreed to build my Mom a garden this year for Mothers Day.
So I utilized both sheet mulching methods and again, incorporated ideas from the “lasagna gardening” concept.
The cool thing about this sort of garden is that while initial input is great, it will be self sustaining and will require only very little maintenance in the years to come.
Not to mention, it is going to be prime for this sort of climate with water issues!
So, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m quite obsessed with mulching.I have my reasons,
1. is water
2. is that I’m trying to create a habitat that is conducive towards beneficial microbes and insects which are in fact going to be doing the work of maintaining high quality soil for my plants.
There is a misconception that fertilizers are what cause your plants to grow. In fact, there is a symbiotic relationship present between the insects and microbes and fungus and plants, they are all interconnected and share with one another the benefits of each others toil. So you want to encourage their growth and proliferation!
Mulch gives them a refuge from the harsh rays of the sun, and allows them to work during the day. Biofilm’s are matrix like structures built from the living processes of bacteria. These have the ability to transform a soil’s PH and increase it’s water retaining capabilities. It is all so very fascinating!
Mulch is also food for microorganisms and insects and fungi. The Earth worms often visit the surface of the soil in an attempt to forage for organic matter which is in part a large portion of their diet.
In doing so, they constantly aerate and till the soil for you! But they aren’t going to be doing that sort of work unless they have incentive, (i.e. Food and Shelter) so, you provide them with both and walla! Micro-tillers do the sort of work your rototiller will never get done.
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