If you're planning a garden, you should also consider how you're going to control weeds. Our friends at the Old World Garden Farms suggest leaving behind the harsh herbicides this year and opting for these gentler treatments, from mulch to a weed torch that looks fun to use.
Photo by Nathan Torkington.
Bottom line, they make three major suggestions:
- The Vinegar Solution: Using vinegar to handle weeds is a tip we've mentioned before, and even tested ourselves (without much success, sadly, but lemon juice and boiling water work well), but others have had better luck. It's worth a shot, especially considering how versatile vinegar can be.
- Reach for the Mulch: Mulch is a great way to stifle weeds and keep them from growing, and Old World Garden Farms notes that it's their exclusive weed control method, so that counts for a lot. Consider bare soil your enemy after planting.
- The Weed Torch: This tip requires you go buy something just for the weeds, but at least it's not strictly a consumable like weed killer. A simple hand-held propane weed torch will do the job nicely, and leave the rest of your plants happy. Hit the link below for a specific suggestion.
Of course, weed killer is common, but if you're growing food, you might consider a less invasive method first, and then opt for the weed killer if things get out of hand. For more tips -- and more on these tips -- hit the link below.
3 Great Ways To Stop Weeds This Year Without Using Harsh Chemicals [Old World Garden Farms]