This is what our garden looked like this morning. Everything is growing beautifully. The hay around the plants is doing an amazing job at keeping the weeds at bay as well as keeping the moisture in. It does take a bit of hay, which works well for us since...well...we have two huge barns filled with the stuff! But even if you don't live on a hay farm, I'd highly recommend the purchase of 1 square bale to mulch around your plants. It will be well worth the $$.