Last year we put cardboard down where the weeds were coming up. I saved any box I could and laid them out on the walking paths and in between the plants. They really did a good job so we will try it again this year. Since we have beehives we do not use any kind of chemicals in our garden and so far this has been the easiest way to keep the weeds down.
the newspaper really worked in my flower garden...I've just been hesitant to use it in my food garden do to the ink & who knows what else is in the newspaper! Just wondering BearsfannDenver...How's that workin' for ya? Especially, since the whole Cutler trade? To be honest, I actually liked the Bears...until they got Cutler...Sorry, I couldn't stand him when he was a Bronco, now...I REALLY dislike him!
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone! Clearly I will still be doing the digging / chopping, but I will definitely try mulching in my veggie patch - and plan to leave more space between plants so it's easier to get in there to kill the weeds.
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Bearfan try weeding when the moon is right astrology.about.com/od/themoon/a/Moo nG arden.htm I had great results with persistent weeds. Also mulching between the veggies - layer old newspaper then put the much over it, this should deter re growth too. I believe weeds are natures own elastoplast, the moment you cover open patches your problem will go away.
The acid vinegar can kill other plants too, and it's really most effective when the plant needs water (hence midsummer, not among April showers).
So it's better to dig up the bindweed, or do a weekly (or even more frequent plus persistent) chop. Since resprouting taxes the energy stored in the perennial's roots, so long as the sprouts don't replentish the energy from their green leaves, eventually that too can kill the perennial. But it's tough. I tried it on a neighbor's front bindweed last summer, and it's kept it down, but I'll bet a little still comes up within a month.....
I feel your pain! I'm in colorado, also & I spend a great deal of time on my knees pulling weeds, trying to figure out why they will grow in places that I can't get ANYTHING to grow! I've tried EVERYTHING & really, have resorted to pulling by hand.
I can't help much. This time of year, early spring, to control annuals, spreading corn gluten meal inhibits sprouting (but also of desired seeds, so beds/lawns where it's been used have to be planted with transplants, rather than seeded).
I know bindweed, though, is a perennial (perhaps the nastiest for gardeners), and the mallow that's a weed here in metro DC's a bulb. You've gotta physically dig them out (like wild garlic). Plus, leaving pieces usually means the darned invasive comes back again.
If you don't need to use the affected bed this year, you can cover it with plastic, and let the sun's heat steam everything in there to death. But this takes months. Another method is to use very acid vinegar in the middle of the summer. I heard those methods on Mike McGrath's You Bet Your Garden, with broadcasts/podcasts through Philadelphia public radio, whyy.org. He's a former editor of Organic Gardening.
Sorry...no help on this comment, I just want to find out, too! I was outside weeding a lot yesterday and barely made a dent. I don't let my husband use any chemicals in our yard so I get to do the weeding. I don't really mind it too much until it gets way ahead of me, like it is at the moment...we've had a lot of rain lately.
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I had major problems last year in my vegetable garden, flower beds and lawn with weeds. Especially - Common Mallow and Field Bind Weed (looks like a morning glory).
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to eradicate or at least control these - ORGANICALLY?
So far, I have been pulling, digging and chopping, but they return with a vengance - seems like they enjoy the abuse. The one climbs the fence I have around my veggie garden and gets inside and winds itself around my plants.
I'm in Denver, CO - don't know if location makes a difference on this or not.
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