Mulch. Second thoughts. Again.
I didn't mulch last year.
I was trying to save some money -- my garden expenditures seemed to have spiraled out of control. And I was worried about the impact of having dumped 3 or 4 yards of mulch on my gardens every year for, like, 15 years.
I lived to regret it. The weeds were a horror, and so was August. Without the moisture retention qualities of mulch, I had trouble keeping my plants going.
This year, I decided to mulch. Four yards of the stuff arrived Friday in my driveway and I finished prepping the beds for it this weekend.
Now I am doubting myself again after reading the garden advice of Debbie Hadley on About.com