Tips from Sarah the Gardener
If you look about in nature, you generally won’t find bare soil. It’s not a natural state in nature and so plants will always try and colonise it. In our gardens, we like to control what grows there and through the act of gardening, we can end up creating beds with bare soil surrounding our chosen plants. Any other plants that come along to take advantage of the situation are considered weeds.
However, the soil doesn’t react very well to being bare and in the hot summer months, it can even form a crust that will actually repel water. In this situation you can water as much as you like, but moisture won’t soak into the root zone where it is needed most – it will just roll away.
In order to protect our well-prepared garden soil from an invasion of opportunistic weeds, help it retain its moisture and avoid it becoming sun baked, mulch can be a great solution. But not all mulches are created equal and while some may do a great job in an ornamental garden, in the veggie patch it is a good idea to make an informed choice