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.
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:
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.
Mulching 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 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
c) Straw (stalks and other residues left after harvest of mature grains)
d) Coconut peat
e) Tree leaves
f) Wood chips
g) Saw dust
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.
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:
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:
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.
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