Do you use straw to protect over winter?
I've read horror stories about straw, and I'm not sure if I should remove the straw that I have put down in a couple of beds now! Ugh! First I put shredded oak leaves then the straw. Will it sprout weeds? Should I remove the straw? Can I just put down more leaves to smother the maybe germinating weeds from the straw?
Do any of you protect or mulch with straw? What has been your experience with straw? I mean the kind you get in a bale at Halloween from your friendly neighborhood grocery store.