I am so excited about how wonderful my garden turned out this year. We have already harvested beets, carrots, swiss chard, radishes, cucumbers, lots of zucchini and squash, strawberries and a few tomatoes.
One of the main reasons my garden was such a success this year is because of the deep mulch method I started in my garden this spring.
I talked about the deep mulch method for gardening on my blog earlier this year. I was just trying this idea for the first time and wasn’t sure how it would turn out. If you would like to see the before pictures, that link is the place to look.
So let’s break down the method and why I think it worked so well.
Deep Mulch Method Steps
Here is a review of the steps I took to implement the deep mulch method:
- Clear out your garden boxes (or ground area) from weeds and leftovers from last years garden.
- Loosely cover the entire area with mulch.
- Pull back mulch and plant your seeds or plants where they need to go.
- Allow time for the plants/seeds to grow so that you can tell between weeds and veggies.
- Scoot in the mulch around each plant so that you squelch out the weeds around your plants.
- Add mulch as necessary, because the wind may blow it off or it may just need to be thicker.
- Enjoy your plants without so much weeding!
Why It Worked So Well
- It cut down weeding drastically. I still had to weed, but it only took a few minutes a day and didn’t seem overwhelming.
- It added nutrients to the garden. As the hay breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil that the plants need to thrive.
- It made everything look neat and tidy. I love the look of the mulch in the boxes. You don’t even see the dirt, just veggies and mulch.
- It kept moisture in the boxes. The mulch acts as insulation, which allows the water to stay in the boxes longer instead of evaporating in the sun.
What I Can Do Better Next Year
- Continue to add mulch (aka hay) throughout the year. By the end of the season, I had run out of mulch to add. Therefore, more weeds were starting to peek through. By keeping a thick layer of mulch all season long, you will have less weeds.
- Put better weed barrier between the boxes. I noticed that weeds were coming up through my walkway because my weed barrier wasn’t very good. This could allow weeds to get into the boxes on the sides. Next year I will use a thicker weed barrier in between boxes to help this problem.
- Fill all the boxes with vegetables. There were 2 boxes that didn’t get planted because of a late snow (you can read about that in this post), so they were left empty. That added to more weeds, which could spread to other boxes. Next year I will make sure and fill all of the boxes with vegetables so that there won’t be any idle space for weeds to grow.
Do I Recommend This Method For You?
Yes! If you have access to hay or straw for mulch, I recommend the deep mulch method to help you keep control over your garden and weeds.
It takes a little time up front to get it set up, but it saves so much time weeding and watering that it makes it worth it. My garden was so much more enjoyable this year because I was able to keep the weeds under control.
I plan on using the deep mulch method for gardening next year as I increase the size and variety of my garden. I’m so excited to grow more fruits and vegetables for my family with this method.
Have you tried the deep mulch method for gardening? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!