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A Mulching Guide From Hobby Farms

In virtually every planting guide I will stress mulching, but not all much is created equal. Nor can they always be used interchangeably. There are a few plants and types of mulch that will need to be handled differently.

Hobby Farms has put together an easy-to-read diagram to help you choose the best mulching practices for your garden. Click the image for a larger view.

Two quick amendments: Pine needles are very acidic and should not be used as a general vegetable garden mulch but may be used sparingly as a supplement for acid-loving plants such as strawberries and tomatoes; Manure should be cured or dry before applying to garden beds to avoid burning your plants. You will know it is cured when it no longer smells like a steaming pile of manure but has an earthy aroma.


Margie is the founder of IG and is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of working with nature in the garden. She enjoys mangosteen, the rainy season, hammocks, and wild visitors in the garden.

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