The best ways to stop weeds from getting in your kitchen garden
Kitchen Gardens are a fun way to personalize and beautify your home. They are one of the most popular kitchen remodel types available. They give you ideas to keep you busy and a sense of accomplishment to see their progress over the months. Unfortunately, it can be difficult and frustrating to try and keep the weeds under control, and result in a lot of wasted time. Here are some more simple tips and tricks for you to keep in mind to get a handle of those weeds as naturally as possible.
- Use lots of mulch! Mulch keeps the soil most, cool, and deprives weeds of light while allowing the greenery of your desired plants to take in as much light as they need. Keep your mulch levels at 1-2 inches deep; any deeper can deprive soil of oxygen. Be sure to use organic mulches that do not already contain weed seeds. You might find that environment conducive for crickets and some other insects that feed on weed seeds.
- Try not to disturb the soil too much. It’s more likely than not that weed seeds are scattered all throughout your soil. However, only the seeds at the very top of the soil will receive enough light rays to start sprouting. Therefore, excessive digging will stir up seeds into shallower soil and can definitely contribute to weed growth. Try not to dig any more than you need to, and pack fresh soil in the disturbed patch.
- Pulling weeds out is easiest when wet because the soil tends to be looser, but even if you can’t fully uproot them while dry, weeds cut off below the soil surface will simply wither and die. When removing them is impossible, it’s important to at least slice them in this way or at least to remove the heads (a process sometimes called “dead-heading”). Removing weed heads will prevent them from spreading seeds, as well as forcing them to use up nutrient supplies as they will not be able to take in as many from the sunlight.
- Another way to kill weeds before removing them is by pouring boiling water over them. This is especially helpful for the weeds that grow between sidewalk cracks. They cannot stand the heat, and the water is not hydrating to them. Spraying weeds with salt, vinegar, or even dish soap can also kill them off, but be careful when making the solution so as not to alter the salt levels of your soil.
- Try to deprive weeds of water by using a carefully-placed soaker hose or drip irrigation technique. Keep in mind, however, some weeds benefit from deeper moist soil, so this is not a foolproof method.
- Change out your compost and organic fertilizers often. Weeds do not often grow in well-nourished, healthy soil. Be sure not to put your chopped weeds in the compost, however – they could contain seeds.
- Space your plants close enough together such that the soil between them is shaded, which will prevent weed germination. Of course, this is not always possible, if your plants aren’t especially leafy plants, they require a lot of root space, or they should not come into contact with neighboring plants.
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We hope these tips give you some ideas as to how you should best tackle your weed problem. Every garden is a little different, so you might have to try a number of different techniques to find what truly gives you the best result. Good luck!