The Bane of a Gardener’s Existence
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except how to grow in rows.” ~Doug Larson.
Pretty much all of us deal with weeds, and the ways in which we do so vary.
They can creep up so fast!
You can use newspaper successfully to help control weeds.
Hold the paper in place with pulled weeds, or with straw or other mulch.
Be sure to not crowd some of your veggies- remember that voles and squash bugs love to hide under mulch. Better to pull a few weeds than any plants.
We’ve been using cardboard in the paths, and it works well.
We cover with mulch for esthetics sake, and still pull weeds on the edges of the paths.
This is a watermelon bed, and as such we want to prevent weed growth while still giving the plants room to roam.
The straw also affords the melons a soft place to land.
We never really got attached to landscaping fabric. However, the weeds did.
The first year we used it, it did well. Every year after the weeds and other plants grasped onto it and would not let go.
Ajuga? Don’t ask.
Many use dark plastic in the garden. I have not tried that, but they swear by it.
Likewise Preen is a product that prevents budding of plants- they even have an organic version to use in the veggie garden. Used correctly, I have also heard good results.
How do you deal with these invasive plants?
July 29, 2012 Tags: backyard garden, garden recipes, Gardening, how to plant vegetable plants, planning a garden, preventing weeds, self-sufficiency, self-sustainability, weed prevention, weeds, zone 5, zone 6 Posted in: FAQs, Keeping up with the Joneses