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chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 24th Jun '06 12:12 AM

WEED?

Ok...thought that would get your attention...

I have a vegetable garden....absolutely saturated by weeds....I pull...I preen...I almost "Round Up" the freakin thing. I want to keep the vegetables alive and kill the weeds....

I know there are Sploofusers with ideas....besides me picking stupid weed by hand....


HELP

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 24th Jun '06 12:33 AM

Hey....
You can buy some breathable material called "weedmat" here in Oz...you should have a local equivalent.
You lay the stuff down on the ground before you plant your veggies, and make small slashes in it to put the seedlings into. Apparently it stops the weeds from getting a hold.

Don't use ordinary plastic, as it sours the soil.

Ask the guy at the plant nursery if shadecloth would do the same job?
Any mulching material like woodchips, straw etc will help the soil hold the moisture and inhibit weed growth.

All the chemicals you mentioned will kill your veggies and you!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 24th Jun '06 6:40 AM

I've used what they call Black Plastic mulch. It's a sheet of very thick black plastic, and you do what Bev has described. It's good if you are planting seedlings - not so good if you are planting seeds. I've also used the fabric. Lasts a few years, and then you have to redo.

My preference is for lots of shredded wood - you can buy it by the bagful or the truckload at the local garden supply store. Spread it several inches thick. The weeds that do grow are really easy to pull out cause they will have very shallow roots - just into the mulch layer.

Once your veggies really take hold though, there's not much wrong with leaving the smaller weeds. They are not harming the plants, which are anchored much deeper.

Alice

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sat, 24th Jun '06 10:27 AM

You got my attention! LOL

I don't keep a vegetable garden but we have a lot of shrub and flower beds in the front and back of our home. I have put down the landscaper's fabric and it does help a lot, but it's not perfect. I hate weeds and hate weeding! But I plug in my iPod and then it doesn't seem as bad...

Good luck!

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 24th Jun '06 12:34 PM

I was going to tell you to put on your bikini and think of it as an opportunity to get a tan, but then I remembered that you're Irish!

lolly
Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Sun, 25th Jun '06 3:49 AM

Hiya... I agree that if yr beggies are growing nicely then don't worry about the weeds. If the beggies are being crowded out then that's not so good. Some weeds are very beneficial as they can have long tap roots that bring minerals etc to the topsoil which is a good thing! Do you have only one beggie patch? If so then hand weeding might be the only answer, but if you have two or more then once you harvest, flatten down the weeds, DON'T dig them out but flatten them down and cover with a thick thick layer of newspaper. Anything that lived once is good for the soil once it rots back in. Also, if the taproots are long they as they die back they leave space for worms and water to navigate, again good for the soil.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 25th Jun '06 10:43 AM

My perfect solution for weeds? Its called husband. If you let them go long enough, husband will weed.

I've also considered buying one of those garden weasels. You know, the hand held spiky rotating thing like a mini rototiller where you can just roll it around your plants and it tears up the weeds.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 25th Jun '06 11:53 AM

The old addage weed early weed often has always worked for me. Just be patient!

Another thing that works well is, once the garden is weeded, use cocoa mulch. It smells delicious and will make a crusty mantle that weeds find it hard to grow through. Also, because it is a fine material, it really adds to the soil next season. I used it in MI every summer. It's the chisl mnizzle!
(wish this were green)


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