Budget101 Discussion List Archives Gardening & Landscaping Tip for Keeping Weeds out of the Garden

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    • #247638

      Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
      newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with
      mulch and forget about weeds.

      Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

      Use multiple layers if necessary

    • #408381

      Candace thank you so much for sharing this with us. Now I know exactly what I can do to help with the weeds in my flower beds. I’m in hopes of my youngest dd and I starting an herbal garden this spring.

      This is something that we both have wanted to do for a long time. Have a blessed day!!

      Hugs,
      Syndy
      :occasion16:

    • #408434

      Did that with my small vegetable garden last year, I used 6 layers of newspaper and it really did keep down the weeds.

    • #408438

      Yes and I also put cardboard down the rows where we walk. It’s worked well for me for many years but now we’ve gone to raised beds and no weeds anywhere in our garden!

    • #408441

      thanks I have too little time to weed. every tip helps make it more posable to have a garden.

    • #410934

      He there is Companion Gardening and some of those so called weeds attract helpful insects or distract pests. I always let some thistle grow in my garden and the finches thank me everyyear when they eat the seeds. Goldenrod is so beautiful too.

      Sorry, those weedless garden with perfectly trimmed lawns give me the shivers, that look cleaner then some people’s living room. at least your guys are using newspaper and not some chemical spray bottle.

    • #411008

      He there is Companion Gardening and some of those so called weeds attract helpful insects or distract pests. I always let some thistle grow in my garden and the finches thank me everyyear when they eat the seeds. Goldenrod is so beautiful too.

      Sorry, those weedless garden with perfectly trimmed lawns give me the shivers, that look cleaner then some people’s living room. at least your guys are using newspaper and not some chemical spray bottle.

    • #419012

      I can’t wait to do this. I’m assuming it works for flower gardens and veggie gardens right? How long before the newspaper decomposes?

      Will it make it through the season?

    • #418600

      @Katie31 114193 wrote:

      I can’t wait to do this. I’m assuming it works for flower gardens and veggie gardens right? How long before the newspaper decomposes?

      Will it make it through the season?

      When I did this, I used newspaper and card board and covered it with mulch like leaves and grass clippings. It lasted the whole season and then could be worked into the garden soil at the end of the season as compost.

    • #418552

      Great tip, thanks for the idea. I have a tons of weeds in my flower beds, been working on them alot.

    • #419018

      I’ve never used newspapers in the garden. But this year I’m going to try these tips. I have my DS putting together a few raised beds, for us these year also.

      I can really use all these tips.Thanks

    • #421919

      I just bought 5 white $1 shower curtain liners and am going to cut them the width of my walkways. I hope they kill the weeds under them until I get enough newspapers and cardboard to put there. Do you think I wasted my money?

      Because of hand and shoulder problems, I just can’t get out there with tools and weed.
      And next year I hope to have some raised beds up and growing. What do you all use as a growing medium in your raised beds?
      Have a great weekend.
      Carol B

    • #421900

      Hi Carol! To make raised beds use cinder blocks or untreated lumber. I highly recommend “The All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew.

      You can check out his book at most public libraries. He explains how to make raised beds. He uses 4′ X 4′ beds.

      I use 4′ X 16″ beds. 16′ long makes it so I can use cattle panels to support plants I want to grow vertically. It also makes easier for me to grow whole beds of one thing to process for winter use by my family.

      I have several beds growing now that should all be ready to process the 1st week in July. My extended family is coming to visit and help us can so they can learn about growing their own food and how to store it. I use a mixture of rice hulls (Mel uses vermiculite), compost and peat moss in equal amounts mixed together to fill the beds.

      After I harvest I add 1 scoop of compost for every 1 foot of garden soil and mix it in to replace whats been used.

      Hope you have a great holiday weekend! Yes the white shower curtains should kill off the weeds until you get cardboard/newspaper down. I used heavy black plastic in my aisles covered with mulch.

      Cherlynn
      nw mo

    • #421964

      @semmel88 102767 wrote:

      He there is Companion Gardening and some of those so called weeds attract helpful insects or distract pests. I always let some thistle grow in my garden and the finches thank me everyyear when they eat the seeds. Goldenrod is so beautiful too.

      Sorry, those weedless garden with perfectly trimmed lawns give me the shivers, that look cleaner then some people’s living room. at least your guys are using newspaper and not some chemical spray bottle.

      I’m with you on the perfect lawns and gardens. Besides acting as decoys for some nasty bugs, alot of those weeds are edible. Most famous, of course, is the dandelion.

      Burdock, chicory, sheeps sorrel, wild cress, purslane(can even be pickled), even violets. Google wild edible plants-you’ll be surprised at what’s out there. Just don’t spray if you are going to eat :118:

      Also, when the rest of the neighborhood’s grass is burned out in the summer, mine is still green. Weeds hold up in drought and when kept cut, look fine. We are all on wells and can’t take the chance of lawn watering.

      My lawn philosophy is, if it’s green, leave it alone.:035:

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