Weeds

We are talking about unique tricks here! So go and read on to keep those weeds away:

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1. Newspapers

Put a thick layer of those old newspapers you have in your home, on top of the soil. Prepare your beds, then your compost, and put your soaker hose down, before putting the newsaper down. Thay way, you can be sure that your plants are watered, while those weed seeds that land on top, don’t. Also, tear a hole in the newspaper where you would place the seeds. In time, it would decompose too, which will add humus to the soil.

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2. Cardboards

Same as newspapers, they are great weed barriers. It is perfect for walkways, too.  Just put a little mulch on the top and you are good enough to go.

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3. Vinegar

Vinegar has many uses in the garden. One is to keep those weeds away. Just one spray and it will clear the weed down to its root. Make sure to reapply to those persistent weeds, and also use dog cone to focus on the weeds and not on the plants near it.

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 4. Boiling water

Yes, do not raise your eyebrow on this one. This works. Just make sure to be careful on the plant near the weeds.

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5. Mulch

You might already know how mulch is a vital ingredient for the garden. And this is just one proof! Make sure to put down a nice thick layer of mulch, and you can be sure the weeds won’t be there.

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6. Fire

To place the fire right where you just need it, use a propane torch. Also make sure that things are watered well. You do not want a backyard fire, for sure.

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7. Plastic

Besides the fact that it’s a great weed barrier, it also keeps the soil warm, which would be beneficial if you’re in an area with colder climate.

Many learned individuals including geochemical botanists, weed scientists and experienced growers often say that if one just takes a break from waging wars against garden weeds, he will realize that the weeds are actually trying to tell him something about the condition of his soil.

There are countless publications, articles and discussions about the role weeds play in pointing out the state of garden soils. In general they say that if you want to know whether your soil is acidic, lacking nitrogen, too wet or too dry, etc., observe what weeds are growing in your garden.

Soil Types According to Weeds

The following are common garden soil conditions and the weeds that could indicate them…

Fertile soil

If your garden soil is rich in organic matter, you could find these in your garden:

Low fertility

Poor soil can rarely support anything except these weeds…

  • Clover

    lowfertility
    Kelly Sikkema
  • Crabgrass
  • Dandelion
  • Fennel
  • Mugwort
  • Mullein
  • Plantain
  • Ragweed
  • Sorrel
  • Thistle
  • Wild carrot (Queen Anne’s lace)
  • Yarrow
alkaline
Peter aka anemoneprojectors

Alkaline soil

  • Chickweed
  • Chicory
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Spotted spurge
acidic
Jason Hollinger

Acidic soil

  • Cress
  • Hawkweed
  • Moss
  • Plantain
  • Sorrel

Clay soil

The following weeds thrive in hard, heavily compacted garden soil…

Poorly drained soil

Wet and poorly drained soil is loved by these weeds…

  • Bindweed

    poorly drained
    Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble
  • Bluegrass
  • Chickweed
  • Goosegrass
  • Ground ivy (creeping charlie)
  • Knotweed
  • Moss
  • Sedge
  • Speedwell
  • Spotted spurge
  • Violet

Dry soil

dry soil
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Overly dry soil is favored by these weeds…

  • Carpetweed
  • Mustard weed
  • Russian thistle
  • Speedwell
  • Yarrow

There is no doubt that weeds can really tell us something about the soil just by growing where they do.

But the real concern lies with what to do with the information we get from weeds? Let us not forget to consider the fact that not all weeds are there because of the soil quality. It could be that weeds have come to be growing in that area due to other reason like a bird pooping.

Constantly managing overall soil health is still more important and just use the information on this article regarding weed-soil relationship as merely clues as to what actions should be taken to improve soil.

When it comes to some weeds, if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.

Weeds are among many gardeners’ biggest challenges and dealing with these pestilent plants can be tedious and back-breaking. However, there are actually garden-variety weeds that are edible so if you are looking for ways to put them to good use, well, put them on the table.

This list presents 7 common weeds that can be eaten. These can add rustic flavors to your dishes but please be careful. Before you start to feast on a weed, it’s always a good idea to ask a knowledgeable person to identify it.

Now on with the list…

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1. Dandelions

The lowly dandelion. It is known all over as a stubbornly persistent weed that invades gardens and lawns. It is also the most known edible weed. The leaves of the dandelion are rich in vitamins A, C and beta-carotene.

The first European settlers actually introduced the dandelion to the U.S. as a salad green. And indeed, the tender leaves of the spring dandelion are sweet and make a flavorful salad. The flowers are also edible though mildly bittersweet in taste. The greens can be sautéed or boiled and seasoned with salt and butter. You can also make dandelion wine.

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