Mutch Early Mutch Often

Weeds flourish on open ground, but mulch can slow them — or even stop them in their tracks. Surround your garden and landscape plants with bark, pine needles, grass clippings, shredded leaves, straw, and other organic materials to shade the ground and keep weeds from sprouting. Use landscape fabric or newspaper in paths and around trees and shrubs, covering them with loose mulch materials.

Grow living mulches, too: Sow cover crops in empty vegetable garden beds and over the whole garden at the end of the growing season to crowd out weeds. Find out more about mulches and cover crops in Chapter 11.

Herbs 101

Herbs 101

Learn what you can do with herbs! How to Plant, Grow, and Cook with Natural Herbs. Have you always wanted an herb garden but didn't know how to get started? Do you want to know more about growing your own herbs in the privacy of your home and using them in a variety of cooking?

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