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weeds in the garden
Hi, Yes, as long as the straw is weed-free. I would wait till your crops are a few inches tall before adding the mulch in order to keep from smothering them, but ultimately, a straw mulch is a good weed preventative. Plus, a mulch encourages consistent soil moisture which is essential for good veggie growth--particularly with crops such as tomatoes.