An Eco-Friendly Way to Win the War against Weeds
Keeping weeds from crowding your squash crop doesn't have to mean lots of harsh chemicals. Here are some natural, easy solutions from DIY.
Make a vinegar solution to spray on unyielding weeds. Using a spray bottle, fill it with 4 parts of vinegar and 1 part lemon juice. A 32-ounce bottle would take 3 cups of vinegar and 3/4 cup of lemon juice. To protect plants, place a sheet of newspaper or a piece of cardboard in front of the plants to shield them from overspray or drift. You want to spray only the weeds, not the plants.
Spray the weeds in a narrow stream, dousing the weed's leaves and crown. Take care not to splash the spray on the turf or any plants because the vinegar will kill grassy plants as well. Lightly spray the weed treatment — too many repeated applications of vinegar will acidify the soil so that nothing will grow in it.
Another way to use vinegar is to add salt instead of lemon juice. Salt and vinegar is great to use in areas where you won't be growing anything for a while. The reason you can't plant for a while is because the salt will decrease water uptake, which could cause your plants not to grow properly.
Buckwheat offers other benefits besides killing the weeds. Its fragrant blooms will draw swarms of bees and other beneficial insects to the garden that can aid in pollination. And at the end of the season, you can turn it under to enrich the soil with nutrient-loaded organic matter.
Organic Ways to Manage Weeds
With a little patience and dedication, satisfactory results are achievable when attempting to remove weeds organically.
Organic Plant Health Care
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Choosing the Right Organic Plants
Choosing the right plants for the area will make an organic garden much more productive.
Sod Removal, Soil Prep and Weed Control
Garden beds are a great way to lay out a vegetable garden. DIY shows how to clear the space, prep the soil and shield against weeds.
The Benefits of Compost
Often called "black gold," compost is valued for giving plants a boost when added to the soil of garden beds. Learn how to give your compost pile the jumpstart it needs.
Weeds as Warnings
Put these unwelcome guests to work and let them tell you what's wrong with your garden.
Organic amendments will help correct soil deficiencies in a new garden plot.
Learn key basics about fertilizer that will help you select the right type based on your soil composition and growing conditions.
Learn about some of the unusual but effective practices of organic gardening.
Organic Garden Additives
Instead of using store-bought chemicals, organic gardeners take a simpler approach to fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Effective versions of each can be mixed up using ingredients already close at hand and a basic kitchen blender.
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