Weeds can pose a challenge to your summer garden. They are hardy, stubborn plants that are highly dangerous to other plants. They steal their nutrients, and eventually surrounding plants may die.
Naturally Control Weeds
Pesticides have their own dangers, and if you’re aiming to grow organically, you need alternatives to the commercial pesticides and weed control products. Below are some natural ways to control weeds:
White vinegar is a pretty good remedy against weeds, and most people have a bottle in their kitchen! Mix a little dish soap with it (it makes it stick to the weeds better) or use it alone in a spray bottle. Be sure to drench them. It works best on really hot days, but don’t let any land on your plants (it will kill them too!).
Some situations call for its use multiple times. You can find vinegars that are 20% acetic acid, but these are stronger and can cause damage if eaten or sprayed in the eyes.
Make your own mulch to start the protection process right. A thick layer can prevent weeds from growing. You can use cardboard box to smother areas that weeds typically grow. Wet the area, cover it with cardboard, get the cardboard wet and weigh it down with more mulch, such as concrete or lumber.
Newspaper can work just as well as long as there aren’t any cracks for weeds to break through. Mulch can be made from a lot of different things, just use recyclable materials around the house to get yours going.
One strategy many garden owners use for mulch is a combination of grass, hay and straw atop some cardboard and newspaper with wood chips. The thicker your mulch is, the easier it is to remove weeds! You can get spoiled hay at an inexpensive price, as well as grass clippings.
3. Getting Over It
A lot of weeds are actually useful, edible and medicinal. Some of them can boost your garden by attracting bees, adding nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. Some of the beneficial weeds include wild clover and Lamb’s Quarters. Learn to identify these different weeds to ensure that you have some in your garden!
The most common edible weeds are the thistles, sheep sorrel and lamb’s quarters—they are easy to recognize, although easy to overlook.
- Lamb’s quarters, for example, have triangle leaves that are jagged on the edges. Mix them in a salad or cook them like spinach!
- Sheep sorrel has leaves that are shaped like arrows with small lobes at the bottom. They do develop stalk-like flowers, and are fairly sour.
- Thistles have a rosette shape with a silver underneath. You can eat the middle vein part, but not the leaves.
In the same instance, sometimes you can’t have that perfect, weed-free garden. It’s best to simply do what you can to prevent them, and manage them. Controlling weeds is far easier and more likely to accomplish in comparison to complete removal.
Many organic gardeners picture that perfect garden with beautiful plants and flowers growing abundantly. However, large gardens have flaws and weeds simply come with the property.
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