With all the rain we’ve been having the last few weeks, there are some plants that seem to be thriving in this weather while others haven’t made an appearance yet. We did plant quite a few seedlings but now that the rain has washed away most of the lettering on the markers, it is unclear as to what the plants are. I’m finding that it is very important to till the ground before you start planting to reduce the amount of weeds that you have.
As we’ve started to pull weeds it becomes very difficult to distinguish the difference between the plant and weed that I’m concerned about how much of the garden will be left. Once the rains stop in our area I will have quite a bit of work ahead of me.
I’ve been researching the best natural weed killer to use in the garden, but one problem is that we have already put in our seeds with some of them coming up. A couple of suggestions; gypsum and lime can both kill or diminish the growth of your garden if you put it on after the vegetables have been planted. From what I’ve read you have to put it on the soil before you toil the ground.
I will keep researching and post any new information that I’ve found. One recommendation was to use black and white newspaper on the ground to keep the weeds from growing…
A friend sent out the recommendation to this company that sells all Organic, Non-GMO, produce in bulk or single sizes. This company works by drop shipment: if one is already set up in your area then you order what you want off their website by the cutoff date and the order is dropped off at the chosen site for your group.
If a group is not set up then you can set up a drop ship point near your address, the only requirement is that you have to have at least $550 in sales in order for a group to be arranged. Delivery is usually about a week after the order is placed.
Each person has to order at least $50 to avoid getting the $5 undercharge. You can either order more food in bulk or in single sizes.
All this rain has been great to some extent for our plants, but the weeds are growing in abundance. A few times while weeding we had lost track of the plants that had already sprouted.
Our family wants to use natural ways to grow our food instead of using commercial pesticides and weed killers. We were told that you can use a mixture of vinegar, salt, and dish soap but be very careful that you don’t spray your plants or they will be killed too. We went out and sprayed the outskirts of the garden with this mixture and various places around our yard but did NOT notice any death to the weeds. 😦
I signed up for a newsletter from the Farmer’s Almanac, and this morning I received an article about controlling and eliminating weeds in your garden!! Some other suggestions were to put mulch in between the rows and plants of about 2″ thick which will keep the weeds from receiving light, I’ve also read that you can put black garbage bags tucked really tight over the areas that are not planted and it will scorch the weeds.
One important note: before you start the ground for gardening make sure that you proceed with ALL measures you can in preparing your soil for plants. It is very time consuming and tedious picking all the weeds out by hand!
The previous post is what we used in planting our garden. You can find more information off of Farmer’s Almanac, which I highly recommend!!
All of this rain seems to be helping as we are finding more and more seedlings making their appearance. Yesterday, we went out and weeded the grass that was coming up. We are trying to find a natural weed killer that can be used instead of the commercial.
A link we found stated that we can use vinegar and dish soap, or vinegar and salt. However, if you use this recipe be very careful as we are told it can kill the plants and grass next to it.
If you have any recipes or suggestions for natural weed killer for the yard or garden. Please post in the comments below!