Three reasons to mulch:
You won’t have to water as often.
There won’t be as many weeds to pull. And your plants will be healthier.
Gardeners have long known to use straw for this purpose and not hay, because hay has seeds.
But I learned from Bill, our farmer, that not all straw is equal. “Farmers know that wheat straw is best,” he said.
The reason is it contains fewer seeds than oat or rye straw. If you already put down rye straw, you still did a good thing for your plants. It will keep the soil moist and if weeds sprout, they will be easy to pull.
I believe in the saying, “When you know better, you do better.”
In the future let’s see if we can source wheat straw for our gardens. Since wheat straw is used for horse bedding, we should be able to source it locally. After all, Saratoga Springs is all about the horses.
I’ll ask around. If you know of a source, let me know and I can share it with everyone.