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Companion Planting Provides a More Natural Environment for Plants to Thrive In
by Chip Phelan

Companion planting is a highly effective technique for organic gardeners. From controlling pests naturally to improving the flavor of your vegetables, companion planting is an easy and environmentally friendly way to manage your organic garden.

If you look closely at the natural landscape, you’ll never see a large area populated by a single species. Why then would it make sense to plant a single crop in a field or in a section of your garden? It doesn’t. Companion planting makes a lot of sense. Read full text...

 

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Are Mulches a Good Idea?
Discusses the types and effects of mulching, including the results of a study where shredded newsprint was used as mulch.
Beware of Sour Mulch
Brief articles explaining how some materials can make mulches acidic and toxic to growing plants, and how to recognize problem mulches.
Cocoa Mulch
Promotional site for this brand of mulch based on cocoa shells, discussing benefits, application instructions, and dealer listings.
Easy Gardening: Mulching
Illustrated explanation on the benefits of mulching and materials to use, with reference to Texas gardening conditions.
Is There a Difference in Red Mulch?
Description of a research project evaluating various red-colored plastic mulches. Conclusions about which give rise to the highest plant yields.
Much Ado About Leaves
Suggestions for using shredded leaves for composting or as a winter mulch to protect tender plants in the garden.
Mulches
Discusses the uses and benefits of mulching, along with tabular information about mulch materials and best mulching practices for different types of plants. From the University of Missouri Extension.
Mulches for Enhanced, Low-Cost, Low-Maintenance Landscapes
Provides definition of mulch, discusses benefits, application methods, and how to water through mulch. Also lists many organic and inorganic mulch materials, with brief descriptions, pros, and cons.
Mulches for Gardens and Landscapes
Article explaining the different types of mulch and how they should be applied in the garden.
Mulches for the Home Vegetable Garden
This article by the Virginia Cooperative Extension covers organic and inorganic mulches, as well as green manures and cover crops.

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