Take a walk through a forest and you’ll notice that what you’re walking on is not the same material you fill your pots or garden beds with. Dig a few inches down and you’ll start to feel a texture similar to your soil. The layer you have just dug through is mulch.
Below the mulch, the soil is moist, fluffy, inoculated with mycelium, and teeming with bugs, microbes, and bacteria. Mulch is a breeding ground for life and bridges the soil and plant.
Mulch can consist of any organic material breaking down. In a forest, mulch is composed of what is decomposing in the local environment. Leaves, undergrowth, and decaying trees are the primary inputs in most forests. A healthy forest offers insight into a sustainable ecosystem where plants live and die in a continual cycle. Without outside influence, a forest can handle predatory bugs, diseases, and create their own nutrients, which make forests one of our best study guides when it comes to growing organically.
Many feel that the best way to grow in nature is with nature, and one way to do this is by introducing a mulch layer. In this article, we will explore mulch and explain why and how it offers so many benefits to those growing cannabis.
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Understanding the Life Cycle
As plants grow, they pull nutrients from the ground. These nutrients are transferred from soil to plant and are used as building blocks to grow. Once a plant dies and begins to decompose, the nutrients stored in the plant will be released back into the soil.
Decomposition is powered by beneficial microbes, fungi, bacteria, and insects. These team players help break down the building blocks and return the nutrients