In previous years I've covered most of my garden with mulch—cardboard one year, straw another. This year I left the ground bare, until today.
Seeing big piles of grass clippings across the street after the city mowed the grass in Fairview Park, I brought three wheelbarrow loads back and used them to mulch around my vegetables and flowers.
Mulch is good because it keeps moisture in the soil, especially important on hot summer days. On the other hand, this moist environment make slugs happy, so I'm hoping I haven't just created a problem for my seedlings.
I'm going to watch carefully to see if there's evidence of slugs dining on my sprouts. If so, the mulch is going to be dramatically reduced.