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I live in zone 4/5 and we have had a very early warm spring. I bought a really nice tiller and would like to make my vegtable garden bigger and get rid of the weeds that are left from last year. My last year garden was overrun by a weed I call creeping charlie it just has spread everywhere in the last few years. I would like to put something that would kill the weeds in the soil and beable to work the soil until I go to plant my garden around the last of April if the weather still is nice. Is there something that someone knows that I can use and let work long enough that when I do plant I won't be eating poison veggies? Thank You
Grace, I have this question too in zone 8a (if that matters) -- I've cut down all the weeds and grass and am considering using Preen in the area, then covering with landscape fabric topped with carpet squares and mulch over the carpet (I'm talking a 4x8 area where I will be using containers to plant in).
Your best bet is to "solarize" the area. You can do that with either a large sheet of clear plastic, or a large sheet of black plastic over everything. I'd recommend the black plastic at this time of year. Here's a link that talks more about it:
I tried container gardening last year. Did pretty good in the heat we had. "but then you should know alot about that heat last summer." I was thinking that I might get a weed killer and kill all the "awful", creeping charlie weed about 2 feet all around the garden area, and I've read to ammend the soil with leaf molds and composts and manure. I'm still not planting until the end of April so I think I've got time. I just hate those weeds, I would spray poison on the whole yard but you know...birds...frogs...toads...critters...cats...dogs...the good bugs...Happy Gardening TX_gardener. Thanks for your post..
Thanks David, That is a great idea, I'm going to give it a try along with working some things into the soil, sounds like burning those weedseed will make me smile. :)
When I get the garden in and growing I'll take a picture.
Thanks for the website.
once you have the next generation of weeds killed, mulch with straw to keep weeds down. (good for soil moisture, too) i use salt marsh around here & it helps tremendously. if you have voles however, mulch gives them cover & easy access to the buffet.
If my neighbors see me many more hours sitting flat on my backside in the yard, and they don't know I'm digging weeds -- they're gonna think me crazy!!! Reminds me of the story told on one of my great great grandmoms -- she sat in the dirt and killed the ant and roly poly populations as best she could ...
TX_gardener - I was living in Tennessee during 1977 when my son was born. I must have looked really strange in my pregnant state scooting along on a plastic tray!
Nothing much stops me from gardening! When we lived in South Florida, my hubby literally dragged me inside during a hurricane, 'cause I just HAD to save something-or-other from the wind! This was AFTER we had already tied our beehives to the side of the house!