What’s this thing called mulch?

by | Jan 8, 2024 | Permaculture, Sustainable Living | 0 comments

Bare soil is damaged soil! Due to the expansion of agriculture and land-intensive areas, soil losses have increased in many regions of Australia. Up to 10 million hectares of land have less than 500 years of fertile ‘topsoil’, which may be lost to erosion soon (Bui et al. 2010).

Australia has some of the oldest land surfaces on earth. While rich in biodiversity, its soils and seas are among the most nutrient-poor and unproductive in the world. Only six per cent of the Australian landmass is arable. Australian soils depend on vegetation cover to generate nutrients and stability. Land clearing, water extraction and poor soil conservation are all causes of a decline in the quality of Australia’s soils.

MulchIn permaculture, soil management is fundamental to productivity and health. Some scientists have developed complicated systems to describe different soil qualities. These systems are often foreign and confuse those wanting to create a beautiful garden. No matter what environment you live in or what kind of soil you have, fertile, well-structured gardens can be created quickly and without specialists.

Mulch

‘Mulch’ or organic matter is all that was once alive. Organic matter must be continuously returned to the soil. The simplest method to add organic matter is through the vegetative cover. Depending on what ground cover you use, after some time, it will decompose. Soil organisms will do the work and turn it into humus. The area will need a re-application of coverage two or three times a year for the next two years. After that, you only need to reapply once a year. After the third year, you will realise that there are fewer pests in the garden and that plant health in general has increased.

MulchPermie Tip: Never cover seeds with mulch. Wait until four leaves sprout, then gently surround your seedlings with mulch.

If you would like to research a little more about mulch, read this amazing book, One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (PDF download).

When asked why he does not plow the land, the American Indian, Smohalla of the Nez Percé group does not answer with a logical explanation that says the soil has intrinsic value, but rather prefers to answer with a rhetorical question that reveals its great identity. with the earth: “Should I tear my mother’s breasts?”

If you would like to know , step-by-step how to make healthy soil, check out our ebook here – How to make healthy soil

Happy Gardening!

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