Step by Step Guide On How to Mulch Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a core ingredient to dishes that add flavor to food, hence the need to grow them properly and in plenty for the insatiable market.
One sure way to increase tomato yields in this adverse weather condition is by mulching. Mulching is the covering of soil around a plant with organic materials that are decomposable such as grass and leaves.
Mulching tomatoes has several advantages as highlighted below:
Mulching improves soil water retention during the dry period and keeps the soil cool. With long spells of the dry season recently experienced in the country, it’s the goal of every farmer to save as much water as they can. Mulching helps preserve irrigation water for longer.
Mulching tomatoes helps improve soil nutrients. The variety of material used to mulch consists of decomposable organic residue which on rotting enrich the soil fertility which benefits the tomatoes growth.
The nutrients needed for healthy tomatoes and a robust harvest are found in the mulch. This also ensures the soil will be ready for another planting season.
Mulching tomatoes also helps keep the weeds out. Unwanted weeds which would pose as a competition to tomatoes are kept away as the soil is covered.
Mulching tomatoes also helps reduce soil erosion. With the heavy rains on set, the huge water flow is likely to wash away the rich top soil.
Mulching helps cover the soil and roots ensuring no soil is carried away by flowing water.
Mulching also beautifies the garden besides the other advantages listed. How about making your tomato farm look good and appealing to any on onlookers as the tomatoes thrive in high produce.
Watch: A step by step guide on how to mulch tomatoes