Garden Freebies: Where to Find Free Vegetable Gardening Mulch

Mulch does many wonderful things. It can be used to hold moisture into your soil. It is used to keep weeds from having the chance to flourish. It also can add some visual appeal to your garden as well. Mulch has many benefits, and so it is important that it is part of your vegetable garden plan. But what if bag after bag of mulch is not in your budget? No worries. There are plenty of ways to score free mulch. Below, you will find out exactly where to find free gardening mulch, saving you big bucks!

Where to Find Free Vegetable Gardening Mulch:

1. Find a friendly farmer.
Hay and alfalfa makes a wonderful mulch. Befriend a farmer and see if any of them have either of these materials they can send you way. Both will enrich your soil and smother your weeds, and if you can find a farmer who will give you some for free, even better.

2. Rake those leaves.
Crushed up leaves make the perfect mulch. Simply rake your leaves (or save your fall leaves) and collect in a trash bag. You can add a little water, and let the kids stomp on the bag to crush up the leaves. Then, just spread the mixture out over your garden soil.

3. Call your local city offices.
Many cities offer free mulch through their waste removal department. This mulch is often created from trees that the city has to remove during the year. Call your local city offices and see if a program like this is available in your area. In our area, all we need to do is go to our city’s recycling center and we can haul all we wish for free.

4. Buddy up with a neighbor.
You may notice that a neighbor had a truckload of mulch delivered. Offer to buy whatever they end up not using. Sure it won’t be free (unless they offer to just give it to you!) but you can surely get it for less than retail!

Whichever method you choose, all of these are sure to give you great ground coverage, weed protection, and so much more. The best part is, it won’t cost you a dime! So, which one will you choose?

Vegetable Garden Layout Option: Block Style Gardening

Have you ever heard of block style gardening? Block style is a method of laying out your plants that  increase your growth compared to a row style garden design! Who knew? It is the perfect way to plan your garden and get the most bang for your buck! How does this happen? Allow me to explain!  The special design reduces the need for frequent weeding. Perfect! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you.

If you are interested in this method, take a peek at how block style gardening is done!

The Basics on Block Style Gardening: When you utilize block planting  you don’t have any walkways that are unnecessary.

  • Try to avoid single rows plantings.
  • When you plant your crops be sure to do so with an equal-distance spacing  between neighboring plants.
  • Beds should be at least three feet wide.  It will then be easy to reach the growing bed from walkways for planting and weeding as well as harvesting.
  • Walkways need to be at least 24 inches in width
  • Mulch walkways with old grass clippings or an organic mix.

Some ideal plants for Block planting:

  • Cole crops such as broccoli or even cabbage.
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Vine Crops such as squash and pumpkins.
  • Trellis tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Potatoes


So give block planting a try and see how it can benefit you! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you and yield beautiful and abundant results!

Vegetable Garden Tips You Will Want to Try This Weekend!

If you have a few minutes to spare this weekend, you have enough time to try any of these five tips that will help you improve and maintain your vegetable garden! You don’t need an entire weekend to get your vegetable garden looking better, you just need a few minutes to try these simple yet effective tasks. Below, you will find five vegetable garden tips that you will want to try this weekend should five spare minutes present themselves!

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Tools of the Trade: 5 Must Have Vegetable Garden Tools

5 Must have Garden Tools on

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To do any job right, you need the right tools! Green gardeners know that the right tools can help them tend to their gardens with greater ease and give them fantastic results. If you are unsure about what tools you need for your own vegetable garden, take a look below at these 5 must have vegetable garden tools. How many of these are part of your arsenal? How many do you need to get? Either way, making sure you own these five pieces can help you in all of your vegetable gardening endeavors!  Take a look. [Read more...]

Small Spaces: Planning a Small Vegetable Garden

Have you ever wanted your very own small vegetable garden? Perhaps you don’t have a green thumb just yet, or maybe you just don’t have the room or time for anything on a large scale.  Planting a small vegetable garden, and it does not take a green thumb or special amount of skill!

If a small vegetable garden is in your plans, these small vegetable gardening tricks will help begin. Stay focused, and plan well. If you do this, you can’t go wrong. Here is how to get started! [Read more...]

The Plants You Need: Planting a Vegetable Garden in the Fall

You may have decided that you want to plant a vegetable garden this fall. After all, why save all of the fun for just the summer months? But how do you know what plants you will need? It might be tricky to know which ones will fare well and flourish as you want them too. But luckily, below you will find a comprehensive list of all of the plants you need when planting a vegetable garden in the fall! [Read more...]

Bye Bye Bugs: Organic Vegetable Garden Pest Control

Organic Vegetable Garden Pest Control


Organic vegetable garden pest control may sound like something that requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. It may sound like it is a great deal of work as well. But it does not have to be! You don’t have to have a green thumb or be a super savvy scientist to take advantage of the perks organic pest control offers not only your garden but your family as well. If you don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals all over your yard where it can harm people and pets, then organic pest control is for you. So where do you begin? With the recipes below, you too will be able to  carefully and naturally remove pests that would otherwise dine on your crop!

Organic garden pest control methods allow you to safely and naturally control your pest without harming the plants, pets, or kids. Now take a peek at some easy organic pest control recipes below! [Read more...]

Best Planting Practices: DIY Home Vegetable Garden Plan!

Vegetable Garden Plan


Every great gardener know you have to have a plan! Preparing and planting the perfect and most productive garden takes a well thought out plan. By doing so, you will make sure you are making the most of your time as well as your budget! Making a home vegetable garden plan does not need to be time or budget consuming. In fact, you can develop one quite easily. Here is how!

First, you will want to decide what kind of space you will be working with. Do you want a traditional in-ground backyard garden? A small home vegetable garden can be grown in a container or over a balcony? Perhaps you want a raised bed vegetable garden? Once you know the answers to these questions you can start laying out your plan.

A simple notebook or scratch pad is all you need to record the information you collect or ideas you want to jot down. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive.

Ready? Let’s go! [Read more...]