The Q&A Archives: Mulching with wood chips around vegetables

Question: I want to know if you can use wood chips to mulch around vegetable plants? Specificly, cypress and cedar mulch, which I'm using in some of my flower beds. I've never seen it done, I don't want to harm my precious tomatoes, peppers and peas. I have them in my flower beds. But keeping the grass out is a real pain.

Answer: Mulching around your veggies plants won't hurt them at all. When the season is over you can pull the plants and rake the mulch over where they were planted. Next spring you can plant veggies in the flower garden again but choose different spots and rotate your crops. When you choose a spot to plant just rake the bark chips away and dig your hole. Enjoy your garden!

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