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6 Gardening Tips for Summer (Slideshow)

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5. Mulch.

When it comes to retaining fertility and moisture in your soil, mulch is on your side.

Mulch can attract slugs and other gastropods, but it also protects the soil from UV light, as well as the heat of the sun and compaction, while helping the soil to retain nutrients and moisture.

Different mulches: You can use grass, hay, newspaper,  weed-mat and cardboard as mulch.

General tip: Exposed soil is never a “great” thing. There are times you need to work the soil or leave soil exposed to the elements (starting a new seed bed etc.), but whenever possible keep your dirt covered with mulches or ground covers. The worms, organic matter and microorganisms in your soil will thank you.

Articles of interest:

The Wonder of Worms
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Green Manure Crops

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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3:33AM PDT on May 20, 2014

Very interesting. Thanks

8:55PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks, I especially liked the seed planting tip.

7:34AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks! Appears I am doing
all but the last one. Summer
is also our rainy season here.

11:52AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Very Interesting Thank's for the article. Theresa Robinson.

12:16PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Moats don't work for all plants. Plus no mention of native planting that is pretty, drought and fire resistant. PLEASE GET RID OF THE LAWNS AND ALL THEIR CHEMICALS.

12:48PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Like the idea of 'moats' around plants

9:44PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thanks

11:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Good tips, but does anyone know how to get rid of Japanese beetles?

5:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

3:30PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

thanx

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