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Weeds

Weeds
Posted by Barb (BarbHerron@msn.com) from Wi zone4-5 on 2002-02-27 18:25:22

We have 1/4 acre garden that has become a weed garden after several years of no gardening. We tried to burn the weeds last year and nearly burned the neighborhood down. Any ideas? I have 24 new tomato plants who will be looking for a home soon.

Barbs garden of weeden

  • Weeds
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-03-01 07:36:17

    Heavy mulches will help suppress the unwanted growth and newspaper placed under the mulch will keep all but the most persistent of them from growing.
    In your area I'd doubt that solarizing would be feasible since you would need 12 weeks of good, sunny weather for much benefit.
  • Weeds
    Posted by Daryl from Ga/Zone 7 on 2002-02-28 09:06:41

    Quoting Barb: ------------
    -We have 1/4 acre garden that has become a weed garden after several years of no gardening. We tried to burn the weeds last year and nearly burned the neighborhood down. Any ideas?

    What kind of weeds? If they're annual weeds, cover the garden with several layers of newspapers topped with mulch before they germinate. Then just cut holes in the newspaper to plant.

    If they're perennial weeds, you might have to solarize part of your garden this year, and part next year. To solarize, you'll need to cover the soil with clear plastic for about 6 weeks during the summer. That heats the soil and cooks weeds and many diseases.
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