Over the years we have received lots of feedback about the benefits of using Strulch Mulch - some of them not so obvious.
A customer sent me this charming picture of eggs nestled in Strulch. An unintended consequence of using Strulch Garden Mulch but very appropriate for Easter. I know birds also use Strulch in their nests as I have seen the evidence when they are abandoned later in the season. Birds are adept at making use of materials that are available to them. Mulching with Strulch encourages earth worms near to the surface of the soil which is great for keeping soils friable but also an excellent source of food for the young.
Here in Yorkshire the garden has been slow to wake up and today we have had another coating of snow! A friend joked that his village had been twinned with Narnia!
The wintry weather has led to stop start gardening outside but has provided an opportunity to reflect on what to grow in our raised vegetable beds. As it is a relatively small space I like to grow my favourite crops that I use regularly in my cooking, and which cost a bit more in the shops. I particularly love shallots as they are so easy to grow and to store. Tender herbs are another favourite along with mange tout, silver beet and dwarf french beans. When they are estabished I give them a good mulch which cuts down on the need to water in dry spells.
Beast from the East or Pest from the West?
The bad weather has certainly delayed Spring in Yorkshire! Today has been much warmer and tempted us to get into the garden. Geoff has topped up the Strulch, protecting new shoots from slugs and preventing weed germination at the same time.
Gardening is very satisfying but it is also a big investment. We started our current garden from scratch in 2014 adding many new plants. This picture from May last year shows our success at growing delphiniums and lupins which slugs love to devour! Mulching is a good investment but not everyone appreciates the benefits.
In a recent article on the Daily Telegraph, their Chief Political Correspondent, Christopher Hope, shared how a report from the Conservative Environment Network recommended gardening needs to be put at the heart of Government Policymaking. The report which is backed by the Prime Minister Teresa May, is also supported by us here at Strulch.
Our Strulch garden mulch has been recommended in the November edition of The English Garden to use around chrysanthemums. The magazine, which is out in October 2017 in the UK, has a large article about growing chrysanthemums during the autumn and winter months. Strulch is mentioned on page 77.
Guardian columnist and gardener who also writes about food, Alys Fowler, featured our Strulch garden mulch in her recent article about growing swiss chard.
In the article, published on the 15th July, Alys Fowler discussed how swiss chard is a vegetable every cook should grow and how it’s not too late to start planting yours at this time of the year. Swiss chard is generally at its best between July and November but can grow all year round.