By Kira Hamman
Mulch is the cashmere sweater of the garden — cool in warm weather, warm in cool weather, and right for every occasion.
It keeps the soil from drying out too quickly, and it smothers weeds in the bargain. What’s not to love?
Tomatoes adore mulch, of course, since they hate to be chilly or thirsty, and tomato gardeners love it because in addition to all the wonderful properties already mentioned, mulch protects dropped or sagging tomatoes from rotting before they can be harvested.
The only question, then, is “which mulch to use?” Read the rest of this entry »