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Advice from The Farm at Green Village: What is Mulch and What Kind Should I Use?

Check the chart to see how much mulch you will need Credits: The Farm at Green Village
Find the right mulch at The Farm at Green Village Credits: The Farm at Green Village

Mulch is any material spread over the surface of the soil to retain moisture, keep weeds down, keep beds cool and looking attractive. A little mulch immediately after planting can keep the soil moist and encourage root growth. As it decomposes, it increases the richness of the soil. Examples of mulch are compost, compost manure, shredded or chipped bark, newspaper, straw, or shredded leaves.

Shredded or chipped bark is the most common form of mulch and good for use around trees, shrubs and garden beds where there is not a lot of digging. The Farm at Green Village offers a wide variety of shredded premium hardwood bark natural and black/brown cedar to pine bark nuggets.

Shredded leaves are the cheapest option and are great for woodland gardens and entice more earthworms. The leaves should be shredded so they don't mat down and prevent your plants from getting water. They also break down quickly so if you put leaves over your vegetable garden in the Fall, they will decompose over the winter and enrich your soil for planting in the Spring.

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Straw or Salt Hay is great for a vegetable garden. Salt Hay is more expensive but contains no weed seeds and does not mat. Straw decomposes very slowly and is a natural habitat for spiders and other beneficial insects to keep your pest population in control.

When mulching, remember to spread a thin layer over your soil after you have weeded you planting bed. After you have evenly distributed the mulch, sprinkle a thin layer of Preen Weed Control to keep weeds at bay. The following picture may help you calculate how much mulch you will need given the size of your planting areas. Mulching can be done in the spring or fall, but only once per year.

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, June 18 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


By Galina Natenzon

This week we are wrapping up our first session of ESL classes.  Stay tuned, we are planning a fall session to start in September.  New students are welcome to enroll!  This is the last week of calm and quiet at the library before our summer reading ...

Angie's Owners Want to Thank Their Chatham Customers

June 14, 2018

To the Editor:

We want to thank our customers and the entire community for their support and devotion to our business. Our last day of business will be July 31.

rWe will miss all the friends that we have developed over the past 26 years. Wishing everyone much success and happiness in the future.


Louiza and Jimmy Poulimenos

P.S. "Until we meet ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

Lafayette School Receives 'Hope' Award from Community Foodbank of New Jersey

June 20, 2018

An award was given to Lafayette School on Saturday evening, June 16, at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey's annual Blue Jean Ball.

Lafayette School was one of 13 groups and individuals to receive the HOPE Award. Fourteen years ago Jim Donough, a fifth grade Lafayette teacher, started the Lafayette School and Community Foodbank partnership. In those 14 years, ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...