You should also find out about the source of the compost because the more varied the material used the better will the compost be. We pretty much given up gardening because of the weeds. In time, the chips or other covering start to move, exposing the plastic beneath — not a pretty sight! The best thing you can do is to reduce the number of garden edges you have. After all, for millions of years Nature has been creating soils from the top down. Weeds thrive in the untilled soil bordering a tilled field of wilting corn. And plenty of it—about 25 bales annually for a plot 50 feet by 50 feet.
It will also protect the roots from strong winds. To make compost you need to gather such organic material and then provide sufficient air, water, and food to the organisms in it to thrive and decompose the material into compost. An important detail to know is when to begin preparing your garden for Spring planting. You can then apply a different mulch to the paths and beds so they are easy to differentiate. You can check the drainage of your soil by digging a 1-foot hole and putting water in it.
You just need to have an occasional stroll through the garden every week or so and check for any weed plants. You need to carefully without disturbing the soil to remove the plant completely. Then I plug in a quarter-inch barbed transfer fitting, and attach quarter-inch feeder tubing and run it down the length of the bed. I found this out the hard way 30 years ago, as I watched my potato vines wilt overnight after using what I later learned were clippings from a lawn that was treated with weed killer. Any ideas for killing what is there over the winter? If it is too wet, too rocky, or acidic you will need to take the corresponding action. First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil.
Either weeds will start growing on this ground or it will become unsuitable for growing plants. But if you leave the soil undisturbed the compost on the soil will be broken down at a slow rate by the essential microorganisms and provide a constant supply of nutrients for your plants. To clean up more robust plants such as corn or cosmos without discombobulating the soil, I cut straight down with a garden knife all around them, give a quick twist, and out they come. When it rains or when you water your garden, the water will enter the soil through the small slits next to each plant. A pre-emergence herbicide created for this does work.
It helps to retain the moisture in the soil and prevents it from evaporating too fast. One of the most important weeds to pull in your garden is grass. Because I never till my soil, I grow cover crops, such as oats, peas and barley that naturally succumb to winter cold here in New York. That way you are not disturbing the entire soil surface as you would be with tilling. I have implemented several of Lee's and other author's - Ruth Stout for one ideas. Since I was knee deep in weeds at the time the title intrigued me. .
It is a mixture of several materials that provides a combination of essential nutrients that plants need. Just a thin mulch will smother small weed seedlings. Ironically, this does such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized and easily used up nutrients. Sun and oxygen are just what these weed seeds have been waiting for to sprout. An unintended effect of turning over or stirring up the soil is, essentially, to sow weeds.
Do you have a weedless garden? Buying compost If you have the time and inclination you can make your own compost. If you have weeds on your garden paths they will tend to be the small plants and you can just pluck them with your hand. Geotextiles need a thin cover of something to shade out the minimal light that makes its way though the tiny holes. Now, my 1000 square foot garden consumes as much material as I can throw at it. So some maintenance is required, and now is a good time to begin. However, the evidence for these methods is anecdotal.
I often spread a thin layer of grass clipping on top of the compost in my vegetable beds. Thanks to some brilliant people there definitel y is. The plastic wrap serves as a miniature green house and keeps the moisture inside. For plants that regularly need that extra nitrogen, I spread 1 to 2 pounds per 100 square feet. Glad you liked this episode.