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Best way to control weeds in the garden

Isobel
Trusted Contributor

Re: Best way to control weeds in the garden

I would be interested to read about common weeds that you can eat @Kiwifr33. Feel free to rant away!

robchin
Established Contributor

Re: Best way to control weeds in the garden

Be careful using LARGE amounts of black plastic in the garden. It used to be done a lot but is not so common now. Black plastic stops water and air getting into the soil underneath so it's not good in the long term. Small bits around plants is fine though mulch mats or weed mat is better.

Newspapers are a good option for larger areas and it's good recycling.

poppins
Budding Contributor

Re: Best way to control weeds in the garden

We have had the best tomatoes ever growing from under black plastic, it stays moist all year round, maybe because our land is on a slight slope. Was there when we bought the place but its only a very small garden with rocks over the top of the plastic, I was surprised to see them grow every year by them selves. 

misterfatty
Newbie

Re: Best way to control weeds in the garden

First I tried pulling by hand but they grew back and I got carpal tunnel. Then I tried boiling water, but they grew back. Then I tried poisoning them but they grew back. Then I lay down about 3cm of old cardboard boxes and loaded straw and compost on top. Success. Mulching is the way to go for sure! It keeps water in during hot weather and keeps roots cool and if a weed comes up it is very easy to remove by hand.
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Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Best way to control weeds in the garden

Great, many thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your experience @misterfatty. We're really pleased to have you join us here on Workshop. Welcome to the community. 

 

Please feel free to post anytime you need a hand or have something to share. We have loads of community members keen to share their knowledge and expertise. 

 

Thanks again,

 

Jason

 

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