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Mid-Atlantic Gardening: Discouraging Weeds in Vegetable Garden throughout Winter

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Gracye
Warrenton, VA

July 15, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #9206084

Has anyone had luck with putting something over their vegetable garden in Fall for discouraging weeds? I am starting to think about this. After Fall clean-up, I want to throw something over the soil that hopefully is organic and that can be turned with the soil in Spring. Straw? What has worked for you?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9206186

I plan on using some of my left over corn gluten to try and reduce the weed seeds from germinating. Ric

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9206467

Shredded leaves- cheap and available.

I had great luck with growing giant red mustard to eat last winter, and hope to plant it as a cover crop this fall.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9206468

Sally -- does the giant red mustard reseed? I was thinking that if I could plant a cover crop on my nasty hill for the winter (assuming I get it planted in September, as planned), that would help hold it together over the winter.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2012
6:45 PM

Post #9206475

It grew all winter, cold hardy. In my south facing bed it never lost anything to cold, grew all winter. Did not bolt until well into spring. Gorgeous red/purple leaves. I have plenty of seed.

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2012
7:48 PM

Post #9206551

Sure is pretty.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9207046

Did it die on its own in the spring, or did you have to pull it out?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #9207530

I pulled it when it bolted. Easy to pull, juicy, I hope to chop it into the garden as green manure.

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