Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This is what's left of our second load of Parks Department mulch. Mulch is vital in the garden, especially during the summer months. It protects the soil from the intense heat of the sun, keeping roots moist and preventing weeds from taking over. As it breaks down, the mulch becomes vital organic matter, which improves the quality of the soil. We recently acquired a new pitchfork and a new, larger wheelbarrow (shown here), which makes moving mulch so much easier.
Fernando spreads mulch in preparation for planting pineapples. We opted not to dig up the grass, but rather to smother it with mulch (way too hot for that much work!) Pineapples are a delicious and healthy treat, high in vitamins and oh so refreshing. It takes over a year for plants to bear fruit, but it's well worth the wait, as organic pineapples can run over $6 each at the market.