Mulch ado about nothing

It’s been an exciting and productive year at City Farm!  Thousands of pounds of food were harvested (about 2 tons to be exact!) and delivered to local restaurants, sold at farmers markets and donated to food banks. Hundreds of kids made their way to the farm to learn about growing food from seed to fruit, good bugs, compost and more. From cultivating hundreds of veggie starters and perennials flowers for the plant sale to hosting and teaching workshops on composting and chickens – it was indeed a busy year for the City Farm team!

Dead leaves are the perfect mulch material that will keep the soil from losing moisture over the winter.

Now that the sunny, summer abundance has faded into the slower-paced and brisk fall days, it’s that time of year that City Farm Steward Rich Pederson puts the farm to bed for a winter hiatus. Equipped with a hefty delivery of fallen leaves and harvested seaweed from the shores of Rhode Island, Rich applies the mixture onto the garden beds to keep the soil in tip-top shape over the winter. The process of mulching provides a protective cover for the soil in order to retain moisture, reduce erosion, provide nutrients, and suppress weed growth and seed germination. The minerals from the seaweed will ensure a beautiful harvest for the next growing season.

Sean O'Brien, Than Wood, and Rich Pederson with a wheelbarrow full of harvested seaweed that will be used to amend the soil back at City Farm

You can prepare your own garden beds for the winter too. Check out our Urban Agriculture Resource Center for information about over-wintering and planting cover-cropsfor soil health.

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