Posted 10-21-2003 at 06:10:49
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Now my dad has gardened for years. He has a friend that gave him a great idea, and he used it, and it worked. Dont bother with the weed killers, and the plastic isnt biodegradeable. What worked for my dad was newspapers. They last longer than you think, and they are biodegradeable, so there is nothing to get up out of the ground later. Nothing gather ing water that would breed mosquitos. Just lay them between the rows, and seems like he would put grass clippings over the papers so they wouldn't blow away, and makes good soil too. Hope I helped a little! :)
|Plant a cover crop... ||
Posted 10-20-2003 at 17:51:02
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.....On the whole garden this year for over wintering, and a succession of cover crops next year on half of the garden, i.e. mustard, buckwheat, fava beans, annual rye grass. Tilling under the cover crop enhances the garden soil (increased organic matter, nutrients, reduced insect carry over) and cycles weed seeds to the surface.
On the half of the garden you are going to plant:
Plant started plants where possible (tomato, squash, melons, etc.).
Presprout any seed possible (corn, peas, beans etc.) before planting.
Use compost to top dress the rows, prevents seeds from seeing sunlight.
Use a pre-emergent weed suppressant (corn gluten) after the gasrden plants are up, prevents seeds from germinating. Good for 6-8 weeks depending upon watering, by then leaf foliage should shade out most of the weeds.
Consider the merits of installing a drip system. Great for dry climates, conserves water and minimizes weed growth.
Use a "scruffle hoe" early and often.
For weeds that do get started, teach the children to pull and toss them to the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.
For the future, never till after a garden crop. Use trimmers, loppers or a machette to cut out plants to go into the compost pile. Leave roots where they are, they add substancially to the soil. "No Till" ( scruffle hoe and rake)in a cover crop as soon as possible. Only till the soil to turn in a cover crop. Any part of the garden that is waiting for a crop( tomatoes, melons, squash, corn etc.) keep it in a cover crop until two or three weeks before the soil is needed.
Remember: Gardening is better for your health than the best gymnasium or "Health Club", chesaper too.