Weed Weary


The soil in the garden hadn’t been managed for the 5 year so the bed was overcome by weeds including the dreaded bindweed and thistle. There were many other varieties popping up, including the prairie grass we were depending on for our future fodder, but didn’t want it in our vegetable plot! I committed to be an organic gardener so spend 1-2 hours daily just pulling weeds! I bought a new rototiller, but didn’t plan the garden rows far enough apart to accommodate it. Live and learn!  The weeds kept coming back so I needed to come up with a solution for next year. I took an Advanced Vegetable Gardening class at the Botanic Gardens and came up with my plan for next year.  I planted a fall cover crop and plan to do a spring cover crop next month. I’m going to create wider rows so the plants are closer together and will use our cut prairie grass for mulch. While I love using the rototiller, I’m told it’s hard on the beneficial bacteria in the soil. I plan to use it minimally this next season. I’ll let you know how it works!