This is probably the stupid question, but I am new in gardening, so
this is why I am asking this question.
I have planted vegetable garden. Garden is on the slope. Plants
(tomatoes, corn, cucumbers,etc,etc,) are planted not in terraces but
such that it looks like in containers. But in reality it is just the
container without the bottom.
Anyway, when I started it I have made a mistake. I have turned over all
the soil. In some places I have removed old vegetation from previous
year. But in some I was lazy and just turned it over. so, now there is
grass came up in the places between containers. This is ugly and makes
it difficult to grow my vegetables.
How can I get rid of the grass between containers without using
chemicals and at the same time spending as little labor as possible?
Not only the garden is on the slope, but there is a plastic dripping
tubing system that makes it difficult to walk there?
mulch, probably about 4 inchs deep I have seen recommended. Keep it a little
away from the stems of the plants. What you can use as mulch is varied and
diverse. Spoilt hay, straw, stredded leaves, dried grass (not newly mown),
partly composted pine needles, composted saw dust or wood shavingsompost,
used coffee grounds, used mushroom compost, sea weed if you can get it,
spent hops or corn husks etc etc etc etc. Avoid large and medium chunks of
wood, in fact any wood shavings or saw dust that has not been weathered for
2-3 months at least, treated wood products, stone and plastic sheets.
Weeds are determined things that will grow anywhere. Grass is VERY
determined and grows everywhere except where you want it! If your mulch
isn't deep enough, it won't stop the weeds from growing up. Too deep,
and they'll take root in the mulch.
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Try some landscape fabric. Buy a 20 or 25 year type which is thick and
will last a while. The fabric is black (cutting off light to the plants
underneathe) and comes in rolls that are three or four feet wide. Just
place it anywhere that weeds and grass are a problem among your plants.
You can cut it to fit...even right up to the base of your corn if
If you walk on the area, you can put a layer of mulch on the fabric.
Looks good and is functional.
I would imagine the plastic would not only kill the grass, but a lot of
the (beneficial) insects that live in that area and are helpful to the
plants. Putting plastic down solarizes the area underneathe. It's
helpful to do that on beds where you suspect harmful insects or weeds
reside before you plant. If you only want to control the grass (and
weeds), then fabric is what you need. It works by simply blocking the
light. Rain can still get through which wouldn't be possible with
plastic (and you'd run into puddle/river/standing water problems with
If you go just for mulch, 4 inches would be the best. If you put the
fabric under the mulch, you can get away with just enough to comfortably
cover the fabric.
Zone 5a in Canada's Windy Far East
Check your local parks and recreation department, roads or sanitation.
They may have free wood chips available. I get an unlimited supply
from my city. If you ad them every year you will build some nice,
loose soil and it will be very easy to pull the weeds in the future. I
add a little fresh fertilizer under the chips to compensate for that
nitrogen which is used while they are decomposing. Also, I haven't had
any problems spreading fresh grass clipping thinly over my garden. I
don't put them on any plants and they dry quickly.
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