vegtable gardening - Knowledgebase Question

oroville, Ca
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Question by jimm224
April 1, 2009
how to keep weeds down in garden.

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2009
I would suggest tilling or digging the bed and then raking out the weeds. Plant as usual and then cover over the bare earth with several inches of organic mulch (I lay several thicknesses of newspaper first and then put the mulch on top to keep the papers from blowing away). Together they will suppress weeds. At the end of the growing season dig or till the mulch into the soil and then plant a green manure cover crop in the bed. You can sow seeds of vetch, or any other winter crop. It will outcompete any weeds and give you the added bonus of fixing nitrogen in the soil. In the spring till the cover crop into the soil to help enrich it. Repeat each year and you will have rich garden loam and very few weeds. Best wishes with your garden!

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