preparing very weedy area for next year's cutting garden

nancy0903August 26, 2014

This year because of a host of unfortunate events and subsequent inability to face the mess, my cutting garden which had been amended each year to have pretty decent soil, became a weed bed. I have already accepted that I will not be able to allow self seeding annuals to do their thing because i need to take drastic measures. I have begun seed collecting. But all season the weeds have been seeding and will, no doubt, flourish this spring unless I do something. After the flowers are thru this fall, how can I amend the bed to prevent weedy mess next spring and replenish some of the nutrients. Can I pull weeds, do some lasagna newspaper layering and put more compost?? Any ideas are appreciated. thanks, nancy

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Pull weeds, mow, and/or solarize with black plastic to sterilize soil.

Certainly any mulch will help...but mulch will also impede germination of annuals.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 11:26AM
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Thanks. To solarize do I place plastic down in fall and remove early spring??

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 12:41PM
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Well the point is to get the ground hot for a fairly long period of time (which *may* be bad for microflora of soil, I don't know)..but appropriately, you should do this in the right season...I'd do it now.
Consequently, you would need to mow everything down first and water well before putting down the plastic. If it gets hot enough, it'll cook your weed seeds.

If you want to do this, I'd advise you post and ask other people's opinions. I have never done it..but I read about it in school and the theory is sound (the practice..I dunno).

If nothing else, it might be a good gardening experiment, if you're up for it.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 12:48PM
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Thanks. I'll look into it.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 10:02PM
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sherylgallant(Kelowna, BC z6)

I would suggest using cardboard with mulch on top. Put it down now and it will smother/kill everything until it degrades next summer.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2014 at 9:05PM
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