Straw is only one of the many materials
used for mulching
Mulch is defined as, any material, either organic or synthetic, which is placed on the soil around plants to reduce the effect of moisture loss and to control weeds and erosion. While synthetic mulch is readily available from most garden centers it is seldom used in the home vegetable garden because organic mulches have the added bonus of adding organic matter and nutrients over time.
Every system has its disadvantages, and mulching is no exception. Because mulching creates a living eco-system unfortunately it can also provide some of the less plant friendly members a very nice home. A slight change of tactic, like growing plants bigger before planting or using protection for vulnerable plant might be necessary to outwit these less desirable creatures.
Some of the more common organic materials used for mulching are in the table below.
|Common Organic Materials Used For Garden Mulch|
|Pine Needles||Rice Hulls||Sawdust|
|Stable-Barn bedding||Straw||Wood Bark|
|Wood Chip||Wood Shavings||x|
Almost any type of organic material can be used for mulching in and around the vegetable garden. Follow this link to find the best uses for the many different types of organic material available.