Most gardeners could talk a long time about weeds. They are kinda’ like relatives, everyone has them. We talked about getting rid of the weeds in your garden last time but, this time I want to talk more about the psychology of gardening with weeds.
Actually, a weed is only a plant that is growing in a spot you do not want it in. A food producing plant may become a weed if it is growing in the wrong place. Like volunteer tomatoes. Every year I have some tomatoes volunteer to sprout in the row from last year’s tomatoes that now has beans, or whatever I planted there this year. That tomato is now a weed.
So, what to do with this weed. Now, usually we are not talking about a food plant, but bear with me we will get to the other forms soon. Sometimes, if I think I know what variety the tomato is, I will dig it up and move it to a more appropriate place. But, if not I will simply pull it like any other weed, even if it hurts a little more.
Now, for a little about my mindset on gardening and weeds; weeds are only a problem when we are not doing everything else right.
Here’s how I handle the weeds in my garden. My normal routine is to set out the plants or sow the seeds and wait until the plants are established before doing anything else.
Once, the plants are up and growing, usually, the weeds are starting to emerge. At this time I will go down the row and hoe the weeds between the plants and pull the weeds near the plants, to keep from cutting the plant or its roots with the hoe.
When this is done I mulch the plants with straw, last years leaves I saved for this purpose or grass clippings. Note: If you put chemicals on your lawn do not use grass clippings. The commercial composters are having trouble with carry-over herbicide in their raw materials. When consumers buy their product they are seeing their plants not do well or die outright.
I even mulch my pathways between the rows so there are no bare soil for weeds to grow. Now, as I walk through my garden I will pull any weed that sticks its head above the mulch. There are seldom very many and it is an easy thing to do while checking the fruit of all your labor.
This way, once my garden is mulched, I spend very little time weeding and more time enjoying the peace and quite of the garden. I even take a little time to get a picture of that beautiful butterfly sitting on the spider plant.
There you have a simple, and relaxing, way to keep the weeds at bay in your food plot.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
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