We have had a garden for seven years now. You’d think we would know a lot about gardening by now, but the reality is, every year we just play it by ear and learn as we go. We’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work and then try to do a little better the next year.
Last year we decided to do raised beds, since we’ve always had a problem with weeds, rodents, and other things. We had moderate success with them, but still dealt with a lot of crab grass that took over the beds mid season. Crab grass…my summer garden nemesis. Grrrr…
This year we declared war on weeds. We’re taking these steps to reducing the amount in our garden this year.
- We built up our beds one more layer. I’m also looking forward to this so we don’t have to bend down as much.
- We dug out all of the dirt that was in them last year and sifted through to get out all of the leftover weeds and crab grass. Can you say pain in the tush? This was SOOO much work, but I’m hoping it pays off by having a low maintenance garden the remainder of the year.
- We put weed barrier underneath each of the beds.
- We plan to heavily mulch with newspaper and straw around the plants.
One of the beds, flipped upside down while we put down weed barrier.
Laying down the liner after we had dug out all of the dirt.
Starting to fill them back up with fertile soil.
I can’t wait to show you in the upcoming days what the beds look like now. They are so pretty with their freshly planted seeds and plants. Our spring garden is looking promising so far. We’ve planted collards, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, basil, and parsley. I still have to get in potatoes, spinach, and kale. This is my favorite time of year for sure! I just get giddy when it’s time to start the spring garden!
Because I’m still learning, what do you do to combat weeds in your garden? I need all the help I can get!
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