Everyone has different natural resources on their homestead and one of the resources we have is a forest covered with a thick blank of pine straw that keeps everything, but the trees from growing. I finally decided to take advantage of this and do my first mulching on the cucumbers I just planted. I know now that if I am watering it this small dead spot it will quickly come back to life and be covered with five foot tall grass shoots.
If this works well I imagine I will end up doing this in my regular garden because weeding has to be the worst part of gardening. I would never buy mulch. I just don't think I could bring myself to fork over the money to buy something to cover the dirt, but I will definintly wander out back and grab a load. I don't own a wheel barrow, so I had to adjust and used the girls radio flyer to haul my loads from the dark forest out back to the spot where I have my cucumbers planted.
After spreading it out I sprayed the whole thing down so that the mulch wouldn't blow away in the massive windstorm which is been ready to fire up all day. I am not sure how close to the plants you are supposed to get so I left a good bit of space for watering. I have enough I might try to dig up a left over bubbler valve from my sprinklers in vegas. Then I can bury everything except the actual plant under the mulch and it will still get water. I was hoping that this would start to make my garden beds look better, but when I uploaded this picture I realized that I am going for practical, not pretty.