Why You Should control weeds in The Vegetable Garden

Why You Should control weeds in The Vegetable Garden- For Your Vegetables Sake

weeds
A weed is a plant that is not wanted in our landscape

When you first plant your new vegetable garden, it almost looks bare. The vegetable plants may be tiny still, or not even sprouted yet, and since you recently turned the soil and made the planting rows, there are also no weeds growing either. Now is the time to control weeds in the vegetable garden.

For some people, just the fact that weeds create green in their garden is enough for them to allow the weeds to continue growing. Some weeds are even beautiful in their own rights too, and many gardeners are hard-pressed to pull something out that looks pretty.

When you’re growing vegetables in a garden though, particularly if you’re growing the vegetables organically, letting weeds grow can create a large variety of problems.

First Problem

watering
weeds do steal water from choice plants

The first problems weeds will create for you is watering. Since most weeds consume large amounts of water, they’ll often steal the water from your vegetables, and this will stunt the growth of your vegetable plants and sometimes even make them not bear anything for harvesting as well.

Another Problem

soil
soil with all needed nutrients

Another big problem weeds create in a vegetable garden is nutrients. Like the water, weeds will steal essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the soil that your vegetables need to grow healthy and strong. And if the weeds are stealing it all, there may not be enough left for your vegetables to grow well, if at all.

The Worst Problem

Scale insect
One of many invading pests

Last but not least, weeds also create massive pest control problems. When weeds crop up in the vegetable garden – especially if there are lots of them growing – they will attract a wide variety of pests and bugs into your vegetable garden. And those bugs and pests will start munching happily away on the stalks, leaves, and stems of your vegetable plants. Some of them will even start eating into the growing vegetables themselves, ruining them for your family’s eating enjoyment.

Now, the reasons above are the exact reasons you create a vegetable garden with rows of mounded soil.

First Solution

garden mounds
a method of controlling weeds

By creating mounds of soil which the vegetables grow on, you’re able to let the water reach their roots much faster. Because when you start watering your vegetable garden, the water will naturally flow into and fill up the lower lying areas first. If you watch this process while watering your garden, you’ll see that the water starts seeping into the mounded soil at the sides, underneath the top of your vegetable plants. In other words: Where the roots are.

Another Solution

Hoes
A garden tool that can easily be used to control weeds

The other benefit of planting your vegetables in rows of this sort though, is easy weed control. If you space your vegetable growing mounds far enough apart, you’re able to walk through every few days with a simple garden hoe and scrape out any weeds which might be starting to crop up in the lower lying areas.

Success

A weed free garden
A weed free garden is the ultimate goal

This makes weeding the vegetable garden a fairly quick and simple process, as long as you make sure to pull or hoe the weeds regularly. Once a week minimum, but if you have a few minutes, do a quick pass with your hoe a few times each week to keep the weeds from invading your garden.

 

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Preparing Organic Garden Soil

organic vegetables
organic vegetables, at least you know they are safe to eat

Organic gardening is the process of growing plants, flowers, vines, trees, bushes, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and anything else you can think of in a completely natural way. In other words: No pesticides, chemicals or harmful substances are used in the entire gardening process. Organic gardening is most used for fruit, vegetable, and herb gardening because people don’t want to have pesticides and chemicals on the foods they eat.

Organic Garden Soil Needs Preparation

garden soil
starts with the preparation of your soil
Organic gardening starts with the preparation of your soil. Since you won’t be using chemical fertilizers in an organic garden, you’ll need to make sure your soil is as healthy as it can be, so that it can provide all the nutrition your garden plants will need as they grow. Preparing organic garden soil takes a little time and effort, but it’s really worth it in the end.

Try Your Own Composting Bin

Food_for_Your_Garden_from_Your_GardenYou can create organic garden soil by mixing in healthy rich compost material. Some organic gardeners prefer to create their own compost using special bins or containers. In some places though, you’re able to buy organic compost material from other gardeners or garden centers. It’s fairly easy to get a start on creating compost though, even without using a special composting bin.

green-waste
Just about any organic material can be used in your pile
Then add some organic materials to the bed such as used coffee or tea grounds, sawdust, shredded newspaper, fireplace ashes, or fruit and vegetable matter from your kitchen. You can add one or more of these items at once, but you don’t have to add all of them if you don’t have them. The smaller you make the material before adding it to the garden bed though, the faster it will turn to compost for you. So if you’re using kitchen scraps, for instance, try chopping or grating them into smaller bits before tossing them into the garden bed.

Use Natural Additives

All you need to do is add a few things to your garden bed soil, and let those additives sit for several weeks before you plant. Everything you add to the garden soil should be natural though because the nutrients are created as these organic items decompose.

compost material
compost material – Recognize anything in this pile

After adding compost to your garden bed, turn the soil some more so those new items are mixed in and covered decently. Then about two to three times each week, go outside and water the bed, then stir it around a bit again. After about three to four weeks, your bed should be ready to start putting plants or seeds in. Now think about a little frugal gardening.

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If you prepare your organic garden area in the fall though, before the first hard frost or freeze hits, the soil will be much richer and more ready for planting in the spring.

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