The Q&A Archives: too many wild flowers!

Question: I am planning to expand my vegetable garden, into the area where I have many wild flowers. The wild flowers also have a lot of wild weeds, they all are pretty, but not good for vegetables. Do I need to remove all the soil to rid it of the wild flower and wild weed seeds that will return this spring? If so, what kind of soil should I replace the old soil with?

Answer: Rather than removing the soil, why not cover it with a weed barrier and then cut holes in the barrier to plant your vegetables? Weed barriers effectively block the light seeds need to germinate (so wild flowers and weeds won't sprout), but they allow air to circulate and water to penetrate. If you find the weed barrier unattractive, you can cover it with an organic mulch.

Best wishes with your new veggie garden!

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