veggies and weeds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jboylan
March 5, 2011
Been gardening at our house for about 7 years now. Each year the weeds seem to get worse. Since spring is around the corner we are once again talking about it. Is there something that we can do to get ready. We roatile each year and pull weeds when they come. We haven't tried mulch because we grow cucumbers and melons which move so we didn't think we could use mulch. Can we lay newspaper now?


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2011

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A thick layer of mulch will suppress weeds and your cucumber and melon vines won't mind scrambling over the top of the mulch. Newspapers are an excellent way to suppress weeds. Straw, pine needles or even compost will also do the trick. All of these are organic materials and can be dug into the soil at the end of the season to help enrich the garden soil. Or, if you want to invest in weed barrier landscape fabric you can cover over the top of the garden and then cut slits or holes to accommodate your vegetable transplants. As long as your mulch is thick enough to exclude sunlight (weed seeds need light in order to germinate) or you use weed barrier fabric, you should not have a problem with weeds this coming season. Hope you have a great harvest!

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