January 30, 2017

Mulching, Composting and Repurposing at the Farm

Winter is the best time to cover garden beds with a rich layer of organic mulch or compost.

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I am able to make both organic materials. Mulch is the layer placed on top of the soil as a protective cover to suppress weed germination, retain moisture, insulate the soil, and reduce erosion, while compost is that nutrient filled “black gold” I use to feed all my plants. During the course of the year, my outdoor grounds crew amasses large amounts of organic debris - felled trees, branches, leaves, etc., but none of the material ever goes to waste. It is either repurposed quickly as milled lumber, or made into one of the two garden dressings.

Enjoy these photos.