How do I keep weeds out of my garden? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by racecargirl9
August 6, 2010
So I am only 13 and but I decided thats it time to have a garden instead of looking at weeds all summer. I go to alot of camps and I dont really have time to weed of garden 24/7. How can I keep more weeds out of my garden?

Answer from NGA
August 6, 2010
Weed seeds are carried in by the wind and are sometimes dropped by birds. As long as the soil is moist and the sun shines on the seeds, they will sprout. So, the easiest way to keep weeds from sprouting is to cover the top of the soil with a thick layer of organic matter such as compost. This will block the sunlight and keep weed seeds from germinating. If you don't have access to compost or other organic matter you can lay several thicknesses of newspaper over the bare soil and anchor them down. This doesn't look quite as nice as compost, but it will keep weeds from growing. An almost permanent solution to weeds in the garden bed is to install a weed barrier fabric over the entire garden, cut holes or slits to plant your plants, then cover over the weed barrier with a decorative layer of bark nuggets, shredded bark or landscape stones. Hope this information gives you some ideas!

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