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MULCHING WITH MANURE

MULCHING WITH MANURE

Our regenerative cotton farm is a living circular system. All waste from our regenerative farm is composted. This combined with the work of the grazing goats that roam the cotton fields post harvest converts to manure to nourish the soil health.

Ancient Indian farming techniques such as this facilitate soil carbon sequestration. This captures the atmospheric carbon into the earth, one of the lesser-known ways to reverse climate change.

Regeneration International suggests that just transitioning 10-20 percent of agricultural production to best practice regenerative systems will sequester enough CO2 to reverse climate change and restore the global climate. We love the sound of that!

Have you tried mulching in your garden at home?

Other great reasons to mulch are:

Suppression of weeds

Warming of the soil in spring

Protection of plant roots

Helps soil retain moisture

Deters some pests

Improves organic soil matter

Mulch suppress weeds by blocking sunlight which is needed to germinate and grow weed seeds, and conserve moisture by reducing evaporation from the soil surface.  

Among the best materials to use as mulch are garden compost, wood chippings, processed conifer bark, leaf mould, well-rotted animal manure, straw, comfrey and seaweed.

Mulches are best applied from mid-to late spring, when annual weeds have not yet germinated and herbaceous plants are dormant, and autumn, as plants are dying back. They can be applied around new plants or to more established beds. New plants that need to establish can be mulched at any time of the year when they will benefit from weed suppression and moisture retention in the soil.  For effectiveness layer it 5cm to 7cm thick.

 

Happy Mulching!