Posted: 18/10/2013 at 09:27
Ideally ...for me...mulching is about applying a thick layer of compost, etc to the soil after it has been cleared of weeds in the early spring. However, I do it after planting something whatever time of year that is. Currently making new border and am mulching as I go regardless of what season it is. Not this year, but in most years I will get a large load of mushroom compost or manure and apply it to my bare veg patch in October or November. Come spring it will,be cultivated into the surface of the soil...apart from runner bean tremch I practise the "no dig" system.
I think there is too much theory and thinking about mulching. If you live in a cold area a "mulch" of straw, etc or fleece under a cloche may help protect crowns over winter but mulching for feeding the soil, for moisture retention, etc. can be done af any time. It protects the top layer of soil and encourages worms and the like to do their work.
Heavy mulching in autumn can encourage rotting and often delays spring growth. If you have heavy soil I would avoid this. Ideally mulch in spring when the soil is wet but mulch when you can to improve soil structure. Oh! If you mulch do so with generosity........don't spread it thinly over a large area