I've done a good bit of searching and reading already, but I'm running out of ideas/time.
I've got a nice, big 600 sq ft vegetable garden and I need to put down some mulch. Ive got 10 inches of solid red clay that I tilled some (i.e. completely inadequate amount) compost into recently, and got plants in the ground. Everything looks great, seedlings are up, transplants all took well, but I'm starting to see weeds popping up, too.
Here's the tricky part. I want to keep the weeds down, but I also want to spread out and till in the mulch at the end of the year to help amend and loosen the soil. What type of mulch (pine, hardwood, cyprus, pine needles, hay, etc) is going to be the best for my soil if I do this?
Thanks in advance for any replies.