I've been working on the backyard veggie garden since last autumn. Now that all the beds are beautifully dug, I'm mulching between the rows with newspaper and straw to keep the weeds down, the moisture up, and the worms happy. We did something similar in the asparagus field, but used cardboard instead of newspaper. Newspaper is tricky. It flies away with the slightest breeze. So when working with newspaper as mulch, remember that water is your friend. I spray the newspaper with a hose after laying every few sheets, and it does the trick until I can get the straw down.
I love using this method. I would normally till up the earth before putting down the mulch, but I think it's okay that I skipped this step because the grass hasn't started growing yet.
I was thrilled to see this morning that the Columbine I transplanted during the driest days of last summer has come back! Also, the artichokes and basil in the greenhouse have germinated. It has been a pretty good day.