I have a 30' x 40' garden.
Holy cow...I can't keep up with the weeds! I bought a Mantis
mini-tiller hoping that it would at least take care of the weeds
between rows, but it doesn't. It disturbs them, but leaves most of
Whew...the weeds are a real deterrant to the garden experience.
My wife is milking this whole "I'm 9 months pregnant" thing, so she's
no help. :-)
If your wife is 9 months pregnant, she has no business out in the hot
Texas sun and humidity weeding... Don't be an ass.
Forget the tiller. Hand pull them. Wetting the garden down well first
I pay a local woman $10.00 per hour to do most of the weeding for me. <G>
I don't always have the time.......
Sprout the Mung Bean to reply...
There is no need to change the world. All we have to do is toilet train the
i dunno... i got more weeding done when i was 9 months
pregnant than i have since. once i got down to weed level it
was too hard to get back up again ;)
seriously, i think he was making a joke there.
actually those little tillers just stir up more weed seeds to
sprout. hand pull what you can & lay weed barrier, cardboard,
or mulch heavily between the rows. eventually the weeds will
get the hint.
Rows are good if you have a large garden and use mechanized means to
cultivate, but the space between the rows is easily 'wasted.'
Square foot gardening is the best method for me. Planting in blocks make
the best use of limited space. It's better to tend a small plot intensively
than struggle to keep up with a large plot.
My garden has three, four-foot wide beds about 40' long with strips of
'grass' in between. The grass strip is about one and a half times the width
of the lawnmower. Some plants are set on a diagonal line and others are
straight down the center-line....as the following ASCII art shows...
Newspaper is great for starving the weeds out. Lay it in the rows an
around the plants. I always put it down around my tomato plants an
then stick the cage through it to hold it down and keep the weeds fro
coming up around them.
I remember being in labor and out in the garden putting down stra
around my plants to keep the weeds at bay while recouperating fro
having the baby. :
Speaking of tomato cages, you know those make-it-yourself cubes of
1"metal weave and plastic corners? Costco uses 'em all over the place.
Anyway, I used one first to keep the the tomatoes from being squished
by cats and eaten by rabbits, and once the tomato grew to fill the
cube, the cube thingee began serving as an extra-strong tomato cage
(tho I'm not sure this tomato needs it, it's strong as a small tree).
mulch with lots of newspaper or cardboard. you can put something on top of
the newspaper (leaves, grass clippings, etc) or just leave it as is...
newspaper/cardboard is a great weed suppressor. i've even put it on top of
growing weeds and it'll kill 'em since no sun can reach the weeds.
mulch is the secret to keeping weeds under control without a lot of work.
i use newspaper/cardboard and usually put compost on top and at the end of
the season, mix it all together.
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