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of Summer Stretch students and their leader from Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church. Our willing helpers put on gloves, took charge of rows and aisles and spread out 12 bales of marsh hay mulch in record time. We talked about how mulching or putting down a layer of material on the soil surface helps the garden in many ways such as conserving the soil moisture, reducing fluctuation of soil temperatures, adding organic material back to the soil and suppressing weed growth.
Speaking of weed growth, after the mulching our volunteers went after the weeds in the leaf lettuce and the edamame. It took determination to pull out all the tiny weeds growing amidst the small lettuce leaves but everyone stuck to the job and had at least half of a plastic bag full of weeds when we were done.
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