Garden mulches

From top left: Compost, pea straw, straw, lucerne hay, sugarcane mulch bark and three different stone mulches.

Mulch is an essential element in an organic garden, and now is the time you should be thinking about adding it to your garden.  Mulch is simply a layer of natural material, placed on the soil surface, that conserves moisture, protects and adds nutrients to the topsoil, and guards against climate extremes. It will also keep vegetable and herb leaves clean by preventing them from trailing in the dirt and stop fungal disease spores in the soil from bouncing onto leaves with raindrops. Read more