How to Mulch Tomatoes With Pine Straw

Mulching tomatoes by using pine straw is a terrific method because it's inexpensive and helps keep the soil moist. Grow juicy tomatoes with tips from an organic gardener in this free video on using pine straw for mulch.

Part of the Video Series: How to Grow Tomatoes

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Ali Reynolds with Ali's Organics. Toady, we are going to be mulching tomatoes with pine straw. Pine straw is actually just pine needles, and you can find these under any old pine tree. You can find them up in the mountains and sometimes in other people's backyard. They are just kind of a waste material. One of the benefits of using the pine straw is it's inexpensive for one, and it will help keep the soil moist. Which is very benefit for the plant itself. It doesn't dry out so fast. You don't get cracking in your tomatoes. It also helps keep it cooler. And you can do this really thick around here. And you could come up a foot with this and you just want to cover it all the way around. And you can do this around each one of your tomatoes. And because it's so light and lofty you don't even need to add some fertilizer like you would with some other mulches because it would rob your soil. This just stays fluffed up pretty good. And so that's kind of a benefit with it too. And as this tomato grows you can even add even a little bit more then what I've got here. A lot of times are areas where you are high in alkalinity the pine straw will also help acidify your soil. And then once you are done at the end of the season this can be just removed, put into your compost pile or you can even just till it right into your soil right here and then it will break down over the course of the winter time. And that's all there is to mulching with pine straw.

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