With the help of Columbus, Ohio area landscaping experts Jim and Mary from Old World Garden Farms, we are bring you five tips for eliminating weeds in your garden. With consistent maintenance (only 10 minutes per day!) and some smarts, your garden can be weed free. You can enjoy higher produce yields and less back-stressing labor by following these tips for removing and preventing weeds in your garden.
1. Mulch, mulch, mulch: According to Jim and Mary from Old World Garden Farms, bare soil is an invitation for weeds to seed and take root. By covering the soil with mulch, you can prevent future weeds from growing. Jim and Mary use straw and shredded leaf mulch in their walking rows, and compost around the plants. Organic materials like straw and leaves are the best mulch for your vegetable garden. They decompose to enrich the soil with nitrogen. Be sure that you are getting straw and not hay. Hay contains grass seeds that can blow around and sprout all over your yard. Straw is just the hollow stems of wheat plants.
2. Aerate your soil by hoeing: Jim and Mary recommend that you hoe around the base of your plants once a week, to a depth of only three to five inches. If you loosen any weeds when hoeing, collect them in a bucket and let the sun cook them to death (if you have chickens, you can feed the weeds to the chickens, who love to eat them). Avoid over-hoeing your soil, as it can plant above-ground weeds into your soil. Tilling plants even more weeds than hoeing, so mulch and plant cover crops instead of tilling.