I do love using straw and wood chips as mulch for my garden beds. But more often than not, my favorite type of mulch is a living green mulch—especially one you can eat!
Putting drip irrigation in my vegetable garden was the best decision I ever made for my sanity. Sure, it took some effort to install in the beginning, but the hours, days, and weeks I saved were well worth it.
Also called the “chop and drop” method, letting your old plants decompose in place is a highly effective way of enriching the soil.
Many crops like sweet potatoes, summer and winter squash, peas and beans, and even sweet and hot peppers can be picked before the “main attraction” appears. You just have to know to pick the leaves!
Though most of the vegetables we love to eat are annuals (or treated as annuals), adding a few perennial crops to your garden means you’ll have access to more food with little to no effort, since they’ll come back every spring.