So this year, we decided to till and hoe. Because of this we have strange-looking gardens because...well, of the tilling and hoeing. This may not be weird to you, but it sure looks weird to us.
The gardens still aren't perfect. There are still a few weeds and other garden-relating things hanging about but to us, they look rather neat and tidy...in a dirty sort of way.
The pros are that we don't have to go hunting for mulch and hoeing out small weeds is a breeze. The cons are that moisture isn't readily available under the (nonexistent) mulch (although we've had a wet spring which has helped) and our shoes get muddy when we walk the rows after it rains.
sunflowers (which we never mulched)
It's been a welcome change of pace and our gardens look more "normal" to others. We occasionally mulch with grass clippings as we have them but I'm still not used to our gardens' new look. Don't get me wrong- I like it. I just have to remind myself that you can't judge a garden by its naked paths...or something like that.