Welcome to the Garden of Weed’n! My Goodness Have We Had Rain!
With all the rain we have have had, I am certain that you have successfully grown some nasty weeds in your garden. Although a weed is just an undesirable misplaces plant….if we don’t desire it….we must eradicate it! Let us give you a few pointers…..
1. MULCH! :
Bare soil is an invitation for weeds to seed and take root. By covering the soil with mulch, you can prevent future weeds from growing. Organic material is best, like our organic mulch that we sell in our garden materials division. They decompose to enrich the soil with nitrogen.
2. AERATE YOUR SOIL! :
By hoeing around your plants once a week, to a depth of 3 to 5 inches it will do your garden good. If you loosen any weeds while hoeing, collect them in a bucket and let the sun cook them to death. (if you have chickens or rabbits you can feed them the weeds….they love to eat them). Avoid over hoeing your soil, as it can plant above ground weeds into your soil. Tilling plants encourages weeds even more than hoeing, so mulch and plant cover crops instead of tilling.
3.SPEND 10 minutes a Day Wedding!:
If you go out into the garden and weed 10 minutes a day, you wont need to spend hours weeding on weekends. Weeding every day prevents the roots of weeds from having time to grow big. When you are out in your garden, you can also weed as you go. It’s a good way to make the most out of limited garden time.
4. KEEP WALKING ROWS WEED FREE!:
The weeds in those walking rows transplant themselves into your garden beds, so it’s extra important to keep walking rows free of weeds. You can cover walking rows with black plastic, with stones or gravel (we sell and deliver these) or with salt hay. Just make sure that your 10 minutes a day includes walking rows.
5. PLANT COVER CROPS!:
Planting cover crops in the fall prevents spring and summer weeds. Again, bare soil is an invitation for weeds to take root. Cover crops sharply reduce the amount of bare soil in your garden. They also form a buffer between the garden bed and any weed seeds that might fall on ecologically friendly alternative to grass lawns. There are varieties of cover crops for every season that home gardeners can use to enrich soil, hold down weeds and grow better veggies.
“NO BARE GROUND!”, is your battle cry, backyard farmers!
Cover crops not only hold down weeds, they provide many other benefits to the soil. They enhance the availability of nutrients such as nitrogen, add moisture to the soil, control erosion, help to control pests and when turned into the soil, add natural biomass that helps to break up thick soils such as clay.
Recommended cover crops in the Northeast
FALL- Legumes: hairy vetch, subterranean clover; Non-Legumes: oast, rapeseed, forage radish
EARLY SPRING- Legumes: berseem, red clover, sweet clover; Non- legumes: rapeseed, spring oats
SUMMER- Non- legumes: buckwheat, sorghum-sudangrass
The reason buckwheat works so well in instances where to goal is more of a rotation crop than a cover crop is because it only needs a short window of 4-6 weeks to sprout and grow. If you don’t plant cover crops, you will just have weeds.