veg_garden_empty.jpgQ: I notice some gardeners turning over the soil in their veggie beds. Isn’t this the wrong time for that?

A: Actually, this can be the perfect time to work and amend the soil in parts of your vegetable beds (the ones that aren’t currently growing vegetables, of course!). Here are some of the reasons you might consider amending your vegetable bed now.

Garlic
We’ve had a couple of articles on growing garlic in this blog:
https://peakgardening.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/growing-garlic-2/
https://peakgardening.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/growing-garlic/ (more…)

Adding mulch to your landscape provides all kinds of benefits for your garden. Mulch is “The Great Protector” of plants and soil. Think of it as a kind of shelter: it cools, warms, nourishes, provides moisture and keeps out unwanted intruders.

Benefits
A layer of mulch provides warmth for early spring germination of plants because it helps retain heat in the soil. You can transplant hardened-off seedlings earlier and they will settle into their new home more comfortably. As the growing season progresses, mulch will stabilize the soil temperature. It also helps retain moisture which can be very helpful in cutting down on the amount of water you use in your landscape. Mulch also cuts down on weeds in a garden as it shades the soil from sunlight which may help prevent weeds from germinating. Finally, mulches can prevent soil erosion by wind and rain. In windy areas, gravel or rock mulch may be preferred over lightweight organic mulches. Any mulch that reduces the impact of raindrops will help reduce water erosion, just make sure the soil surface is entirely covered with mulch. (more…)