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WEEDS: Friend or Foe?

Category: Gardening | Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:28 am

Over the years my attitude toward weeds in the garden has changed. I used to hoe them until my back hurt until I realized that mulching helped keep them down. But even with mulching the weeds still managed to pop up. So, I started pulling them by hand, putting them in a 5 gallon bucket and hauling them to the compost pile.

Then, I had a gardening epiphany. Why haul the weeds away to the compost pile when I could simply pull them and put them right back into the garden? That would prevent me from carrying around the five gallon bucket and also put a small amount of green manure right back onto my plants. So, I started doing that a few years ago and so far it works just fine.

STEP 1: This is the easy part. Find the weeds.

STEP 2: Pull the weeds. I don't let them get very big, although if they are too small they are difficult to pull up. If I wait too long and the weeds start to take over I'll pull out the trusty hoe.

STEP 3: Place the weeds on top of the soil/mulch right at the base of your plants.

That's all there is to it. Not everyone wants to spend time in the gardening pulling weeds so this technique might not be for everyone. Personally, I rather enjoy the work and I especially like getting my hands in the dirt. I guess it's that little boy in me trying to come out.

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