Joanna Onion;956266 Wrote:
> I didn't harvest all my celery and the frost and snow knocked them back
> to sludge. However, they are now growing back.
I think every gardener can appreciate your situation. If you have seeded
veggies in rows, I have found the best way is to get down on the knees
on a garden pad and pull them by hand. I can quickly pull the weeds in
between the rows and then I focus on the weeds closer to the veggie
seedlings. I pull them carefully, one at a time, around the vegetable
seedlings. I then hill some soil around the disturbed veggie seedlings
and carefully water as soon as possible to minimize plant stress. I
think the number one trick is to pull weeds when they are small - they
are easier to pull and have smaller root systems so the veggie seedlings
are disturbed as little as possible. Once the area is weeded, maintain
it by pulling some of the new weeds every time you go to the garden.
If the weeds near the veggie seedlings are too big to safely pull, then
cut them off with a pruning shears and continue to remove any new growth
until your veggies are harvested.
I do not do block planting so I have no advice to offer you if this is
your seeding method other than to remove the weeds when they are young.
Whatever happens, do not give up on gardening. Weeds are very
frustrating but you will be better off stress-wise by accepting that
this problem will occur every season. Weeds must be dealt with to get a
good harvest so experiment and find what works best in your situation.
Many, many weed control methods and strategies exist out there and are
used with varying degrees of success.
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