Question: Is it necessary that I mulch my garden?
Answer: While it may not be completely required, mulching is certainly a great idea. It keeps the produce off the soil surface, protecting it from insect and disease invasion. It also reduces splashing, so your produce is cleaner when you bring it indoors. Mulches cut down on weeds, and they moderate soil temperature changes. They conserve moisture and they lessen run-off. Nowhere in your landscape or garden will mulches have more benefits than they do in the vegetable patch.