Just fired up my first garden outside this year. Went all out with about 14 different kinds of veggies/herbs and most are growing very well!
But, I've defenitly had some work to do with weeds. I think some of the things I was growing were killed off by the weeds (I think I also pulled some things I was growing, thinking they were weeds, but that's another story).
Short of your own, two hands, what do you guys use for weed killer that's plant and organic-eating friendly? Anything?
That's okay. I appreciate the thought anyway! I have to admit, I was hoping it would be some kind of cool concoction that someone knew about like a mix of tea leaves, bat guano, and orange juice or something.
I might just try that for the fun of it (and kill off the whole garden in the process, probably).
Mostly I just weed things out by hand. For weeds growing in cracks in your driveway and whatnot, spraying them with vinegar (just the white kind) works very well. I'd be careful of this in your garden though - stray vinegar will burn your other plants!
Well, I don't know how easy this would be in an existing garden, but you could block out the areas surrounding your plants with weed fabric. I mulched a non-vegetable bed two months ago using first flattened card board boxes, then mulch on top of that and it helps to stop germination by blocking the sun. I've seen people use plastic and paper. In a vegetable garden though I'd go for the professional weed fabric or non-bleached/non-chemically treated materials. The trick is gettting close enough to your veggie's roots without getting too close as to cause rot so you can stop weeds from germinating.
Lol not too much you can do once you have planted except mulch if you haven't already. When its time to replant for next season dig out some soil, lay down newspaper (make it about half an inch of newspaper), fill the dirt back over the top and then mulch around the seedlings with some sort of hay tip mulch...I use sugar cane mulch but im in Australia so depending on where you are there may be a better one for you.
I do this in my raised beds and have not had one single weed!