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Sned    Posted 02-10-2002 at 14:19:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I have loved growing large gardens for many years and have up till the last few years had good crops. Now our kids are into everything imaginable so there's no time for weeding. Does anyone have a technique for keeping the weeds under control. I have used mass quanities of mulch ( straw and/or grass clippings ) in the past with very good results but it's hard to come by. I was thinking of trying plastic this year since our garden will be about 1/4 it's old size.
Thanks for any advice....


Cricket    Posted 02-12-2002 at 12:28:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The best thing I have found to keep weeds out of the garden is old used carpet. Scavenge it from anyone who is putting in new carpet. Most people would gladly give it to you, and some will even deliver it!!

Cut it into strips as wide as you want your aisle, then just roll out the carpet and plant in between. You only need a few inches of soil between strips. The veggies will find their way out. I usually cut it into 24" strips and leave 5" between them.

This is great as the weeds cannot come up but it lets water in.

And just think.... you could walk around barefoot in the garden and be sooooo comfy!! : )

Hope that helps. You'll see lots of free carpet in the spring when people are "spring Cleaning" You might even place an ad in a local web or classified.


tomatolord    Posted 02-12-2002 at 05:28:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My two cents is

leaf mulch if you live near a town that collects leaves in the fall they have a leaf dump pile somewhwere go down and load up and then cover the soil with 2-3 inches then plant right into the leaf mulch do not till in, that just pulls up the weed seeds

IF you can get leaf mulch use wood chips from the tree guys, just toss on some extra 10-10-10 on top,

I do this every year with leaf mulch and the garden loves it.


ShepFL    Posted 02-13-2002 at 12:28:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Pardner!!

With your handle like that I just have to ask!

What tomatoe is your favorite and why? This yr. I am planning to go with heirloom MANALUCIE for heat tolerance and taste. Comments?
Thanks


MikeH-Tx    Posted 02-11-2002 at 05:37:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have used hay before. Not as good as straw because it contains seeds. Just means you have to keep using it year after year.

If your garden is small, you can use the ground cloth that Home Depot and others sell. It's a little pricey at $65 for a roll of 4ft x 200ft. It lets water through but stops weeds. I use it cut in 4x4 squares to put in the tree wells in the orchard.


PCC-AL    Posted 02-10-2002 at 16:14:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Sned,
For a number of years I have been just running my walk-behind rotary tiller down between the rows. This year I'm going to try something different.
Of course, I first break the ground and disc it until I hate discing. I have an old Bermuda grass scratcher that I use behing the 8N. Originally, it was wider than the tractor so I just cut enough off each side to make the scratcher the same width as the tractor. This implement just scratchs the top of the soil, but will pull up grass and weeds from recently tilled soil. I have lots of space so I am going to plant my rows wide enough to drive the tractor down between each row. I hope that I can continue to remove the weeds this way until harvest time. We'll see how it works.


Sned    Posted 02-10-2002 at 16:30:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good idea! Actually, if you can keep from going to deep with a cultivator I figure you won't drag any new weed seed up to the germination depth. Our big problem is weeds within the rows. Last year we planted four-hundred feet rows of Lima's (Fordhook) and lost every one of the buggers do to weeds growing right in the row, couldn't find the beans!


Larry    Posted 02-10-2002 at 19:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]

To keep the weeds out of the rows we use Preen. This is a herbecide that is designed for gardens. Works real good.


Les in SC    Posted 02-12-2002 at 12:05:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I second Larrys comment on Preen. We have used it for two seasons, a little pricey, but works really well. I had used plastic weed fabric, it works well, but is also pricey and is a bother in a one person application. We use wheat straw for mulch, it to helps keeps the weeds down and the moister in.
And if I may: It will soon be garden planting time, we have already started. I would like to encourage you to carefully read pesticide application lables and if you have seen any bees visiting your garden, please wait till late afternoon to apply pesticides. Bees generally stop working an hour or so before sunset. The bees love to pollinate your gardens, but hate dying for their effort. Happy gardening.


Sned    Posted 02-12-2002 at 08:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the info y'all. One thing that would help a whole bunch for us is if we plant the seed further apart so that the weeds wouldn't get so mixed in with the good plants. One note of advice I just thought of concerns those &%#)@@ cucumber beetles that seems to swim and play in any bug killer I ever used. I resorted to burning them when the plant finally succumbs to they're wrath. I have been doing this for the last couple years and have noticed a sharp decline in they're population. Just gotta be careful not to burn the garden up..hehehe


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