One of the observations our gardeners have made is how quickly our community garden soil dries out.
One solution to this is to mulch. You’ll notice some gardeners have placed straw or pine needles* around the base of the plants.
This is a worthy idea for a few reasons.
It will keep moisture down around the roots, weeds will have a harder time growing, and during rain storms the soil will not splash up onto the leaves which makes for healthier plants.
When you do water, water well to promote good strong root systems that go deep. This will help your plants be healthier and healthy plants are able to fend off troubles.
You can also plant flowers – like marigolds – around the base and carrots love to be planted near tomatoes. Beans are a worthy crop, too.
If you have other questions, let me know.
• Pine needles used around our plants as mulch will not impact the pH. The acidic level of dried pine straw (needles) is very, very low.