Keeping Weeds Out
You probably noticed in my last garden post that there were a ton of weeds surrounding our raised bed garden.
I hate weeds. I’m getting to the point where I can tell the difference between a newly germinated plant and a weed. Almost. Our garden is adjacent to the woods in our backyard, so there are plenty of weeds just itching to invade the small sanctuary we made for our garden. And because many of them succeeded, Greg went out there on a cool Saturday morning and took a weed wacker/trimmer to all of them — clearing out the space until you could finally see beautiful brown dirt again. Once he was done weed wacking, the enclosed garden looked quite nice against the thick verdure of the forest behind it. [Side Note: We want to keep our garden completely organic, so we haven’t used any sort of weed killer. This keeps our garden free from those oh’ so bad chemicals.]
Next, we covered the ground with more of the corn based groundcloth in order to keep the weeds from regrowing. I enjoy using this stuff because of it’s fabric nature. Once the cloth was laid out, Greg had to secure the groundcloth by nailing it into the ground.
Greg used twigs (as nails) to nail the groundcloth into the ground — I really enjoy the way this man’s mind works
And lastly, we covered the groundcloth with a nice layer of mulch and added stones around the outside of the fence (Greg dug up the stones from a creek that runs through the woods in our backyard.) That should put a stop to most of those nasty weeds! (It’s been a few months since we added the groundcloth and mulch, and it’s still pretty much weed free, except for the occasional outlier.)
And what a difference this has made! I love our little garden! I haven’t taken many photos of the container garden on our deck, but that’s exactly what it is, a garden in containers. Hopefully photos of that in the near future. Next up is probably the most important question, what have we been growing???