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August 17th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Momofapeanut's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I was wondering what everyone does? My aunt tends to throw her grass clippings between her plants. I'm not a big fan of that. I've been more or less letting mine go. I try to pull after watering or rain, but it's been difficult with the season we've had.
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August 17th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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I like to line the "walkways" in between my rows with newspaper (or shreds, depending on how much time I have), then use mulch on top. I haven't done very well this year in my carrot bed, but Dalton loves to help and, unfortunately, can't tell the difference between carrots and weeds.
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August 17th, 2009, 03:46 PM
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First of all grass clippings carry grass seeds. Not a good idea.

I think the only thing you can really do is use a good mulch, bark, or dry grass such as red hay between the rows. It's pretty much all I can think of right now.

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August 26th, 2009, 07:42 AM
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It never rains here in the summer. We use a drip irrigation system so we lrun lines directly to the plant. We rarely get weeds this way. Occasionaly one might pop up and I'll just pull it when I see it. It's so infrequent that it only takes five seconds.
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September 17th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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I have been told that you can use pine needles very effectively....the long thin ones that kind of form a c-shape. THey are good for weed control, retaining water for your plants & discouraging many insects.... Of course I learned this AFTER I had invested in a TON of pea gravel (which I like BTW). So for us the weed control is a good thick layer of pea gravel & pull what does pop up by hand. My DH like to use the hula hoe, and I am TRYING to break him of it with the pea gravel because all it does is bury the pea gravel...and if we ever want to remove it & decide to rototiller it,....I would rather not have gravel buried. He loves that thing though (I must admit so do I) and so I am not sure I will win this one.

If you haven't tried a hula hoe there isn't ANYTHING easier in my book for weeding. I have used them very effectively in a larger veggie garden...How to Use a garden Hula Hoe (Stirrup or Action Hoe). | eHow.com You do have to keep at it though as it doesn't remove roots, it severs them...but it is quick & easy on the back.
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