Natural Weed Control for Vegetable Garden

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Gardening is a very interesting activity that anyone should try. It does not only give the satisfaction when yielding the produced after all the hard works that you have put in but can also act as a workout activities for those of you who hate doing workout routines.

One of the major problems faced by many gardeners is how to control the weeds in their garden especially organically as many people try to avoid the use of chemical herbicides to get rid of the weeds. As we all know herbicides are bad for our health and our environment.

It is really important for you to get rid of the weeds that grow in between of your plants as weeds will compete with your plants in taking the water, nutrients and space. The sad thing that you need to accept is that weeds will always win if you fail to control them.

Not many people really understand on how to do weeding properly; if you are also having the same problem then this article may help you in controlling the weeds organically and more important; successfully.

There is also another article that discussing on how you can get rid of the weeds in your garden in this blog. If you would like to read it for further reading please click here. Now let us discuss on how to get rid of weeds naturally in your vegetable garden.

1.Manually

The first method you can choose in controlling the population of weeds for your vegetables garden is by doing it manually using your hands and with the help of some gardening tools.

Example of gardening tools that you can use to do weeding works is hoe, shovel, spade and rake.

In term of the hoes; there many types and sizes of them that you can choose depending on your suitability and condition. Same goes with other types of tools, there are many variations of them that were made to suit to all of your circumstances.

Examples of the weeding tools are as below:

Hoe

weeding hoe 1

weeding hoe 2

weeding hoe 3

Shovel

Shovel 1

shovel 2

shovel 3

Rake

rake 1

rake 2

A few tips in controlling the weeds manually:

a) Make sure that you pull out the weeds together with its roots so that the weeds will not easily grow again.

b) The best time to do the weeding works is before the weeds produce its seeds or flowers. This is important so that the weeds’ seed will not not spread and increase its population.

The best way in controlling the weeds manually is by combining it with mulching technique that we are going to discuss in the next method as weeds are easily to be pulled out if they grow on the mulch.

2.Mulching

MulchMulching is one of the widely used method in controlling weeds naturally for vegetable garden. The mulch can suppress the weeds seeds from germinating.

Even if the weeds manage to grow through the mulch you can easily pull them out as the mulch is usually soft.

When talking about the mulch, actually there are a lot of things or material that you can choose to be as mulch. They are ranging from natural materials such as the wood chips, coconut peat or even grass clipping and man-made mulch such as plastic mulch that you can easily buy at your nearest gardening shop.

Natural Mulching

Natural mulching means that you use natural materials as mulch. You do not even need to buy them. Everything around you can be as mulch.

Example of natural material that you can get around you to be used as mulch are:

a) Grass clippings

b) Hay

c) Straw (stalks and other residues left after harvest of mature grains)

d) Coconut peat

e) Tree leaves

f) Wood chips

g) Saw dust

h) Compost

Mulch 2

Mulch 3

Mulch 4

Man-made Mulch

Other than the natural mulch there are also man-made mulch that you can use for mulching.

There are a few products available in the market as below:

a) Plastic bed cover

b) Weed barrier fabric

c) Shredded rubber

If you are not keen in buying all those mentioned mulch products there also a few alternatives materials that you can use to do mulching such as by using recycled products from your home like using old newspaper and unused paper boxes as a mulch.

There is also another article in this blog that discussing on the weed control fabric for your vegetable garden in more details. Please click here if you would like to read it.

black mulch

red mulch

silver mulch

3.Intensive Gardening

May be some of you are wondering what is the meaning of intensive gardening.

In simple terms, intensive gardening means that you plant a lot of plants in an area. When the plants are a lot and are closed to each other there will be no space for other plants to grow anymore.

The sun light is also unable to penetrate onto the surface of the ground when the plants are closed to each other.

With the above said condition there will be no suitable condition and spaces for the weeds to grow in between of your planted plants.

If you would like to know more about the intensive gardening there are two books that are recommended for you to read and they are as below:

book 1

book 2

4.Organic Weeds Killer or Weeds Prevention Products

Lastly, one of the ways you may chose in order to control the population of weeds organically in your vegetables garden is by using organic weeds killer or weeds prevention products that are available in the market.

Organic weeds killer is different from organic weeds prevention. The first one is used to kill the growing weeds and the other one is used to prevent the weeds from growing in the weeds free area.

Example of organic weeds killer and organic weeds prevention products are as below:

weed killer

weed preventer

That is all for now regarding the Natural Weed Control for Vegetable Garden. It is really hoped that this article could help you in your gardening activities.

As usual please do not forget to leave a comment should you have any suggestion or comment regarding the natural way to control weeds for vegetable garden.

Please also share this article with your family and friends if you think it is useful for them.

Lastly, thank you for reading.

7 thoughts on “Natural Weed Control for Vegetable Garden

  1. You are after my own heart. I enjoy gardening and do it fairly large scale. The soil where I live packs down and gets very hard so I am not able to hand weed. I have a hoe similar to the one in the image.I do kind of a cultivating action with it. Mine is quite heavy so I can get it into the soil. Weight is important if the soil is hard. I am very interested in the organic weed prevention product. I have one particular low-growing weed that seems to have taken over in the last two growing seasons.

    • Hi Ellen,

      I’m agree with you that weight is important when choosing the right hoe to be used. If we choose the hoe that is too light then we need to use a lot of our strength when using it.

  2. Your article was very educational! I am a gardener, so you had me fully engaged with reading what you wrote. Since it is a topic that I am into, anyway, I can really vouch for the credibility of your information.

    The section about intensive planting was particularly well done! Most people don’t look at it quite that way, although I have done it for years with good success. You did a great job in the way you brought all of these points together in one post.

    Keep on putting out fun to read content…Great Job!!

    But, I was wondering: Have you ever heard of or tried the Jacob Mittleider gardening method?

    It works really well for eliminating bugs, weeds and a lot of the toilsome gardening work and allows for growing a lot in a small space, like the square foot method.

    Okay, I’ll let you go. I’m going to look at your site some more and bookmark it. Looking forward to your reply and your next articles!

    Thank you so much for taking a moment to answer my question.

    Respectfully,
    JChrisA

    • Dear Chris,

      Thank you for your compliment.

      Regarding the Jacob Mittleider gardening method that you mentioned, i have not heard about it before, may be i should start to look on it so that i will not be missing something important going on out there. Thanks again for the suggestion.

  3. This was a very helpful post. I had no idea that mulch suppresses weeds, that is very fascinating. Also thanks for bringing natural based weed killers to my attention. I am looking to replace Monsanto’s Round-up with a safer alternative for my own garden. Are there any specific brands that are the best that you haven’t mentioned in your post?

    • Sorry for the late reply, I am a little bit busy recently.

      I’m glad to hear that my article could benefit you.

      Maybe you can try organic type of weed killer to be on the safe side. One of the brands that i could suggest for you is the EcoSMART 33113 Organic Weed and Grass Killer. You can get it here http://amzn.to/1Qc57KG

  4. We watched a gardening program regarding mulching, although we wanted to pick tips up on how to stop the weeds growing, what grasped our attention regarded mulching also serves as a barrier to stop cats doing their business on the soil, a particular problem we were fed up with. All the neighbours cats seemed to use our garden.

    We purchased some ready mixed mulch consisting of wood chips down at the local garden centre. The result is that the weeds seldom grow through the mulching plus it has also served to stop the cats visiting too, a win-win accomplishment.

    Are you an intensive gardener? We only have a small plot so weeding with a hoe & rake wasn’t a huge issue but certainly happy with the outcome,
    Simon.

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