Mulch is any type of material that layered on the surface of the soil. Mulching your garden beds not only helps suppress weeds, it also prevents soil erosion and moderates soil-temperature fluctuations. Water, air and nutrients can filter through and reach the soil, but the mulch prevents moisture from evaporating and shades the soil surface keeping the roots cool. Organic mulches break down over time, enriching your soil as they decompose.
1: Add some rocks to the bottom of the vase. This will help with drainage when you water them. 2: Add soil. I filled mine to about an inch from the top, but it wasn't densely packed so there was still plenty of room for plants. 3: Plant a group of small plants in the soil. Be sure to space out any colorful cacti. 4: Cover the top of the soil with a thin layer of rocks. It's just for looks! So cute... done!
Building Healthy Soil: great article about how to tell what type of soil you have and its composition level to yield a great garden!
Seed Starter Soil blocks - easy and cheap to make a lot of starters Eliot Coleman's Organic Recipe • 30 units peat • 1/8 unit lime or ½ unit wood ashes, • 20 units coarse sand or perlite • 3/4 unit organic fertilizer (equal parts blood meal, colloidal phosphate and greensand) • 10 units good garden soil • 20 units well-aged compost