I am struggling to understand how anyone would pick a chemical over a birds life, or a bee’s, or a child’s life for that matter. The future of our planet is going to require all of us to STOP the madness of chemicals before it is too late. There are oceans to think about (Ground water contaminates the sea eventually) There are precious bees to think about (They are growing extinct) THINK about that for a moment…Extinct. Rachel Carson wrote a profoundly moving book called “Silent Spring” published in 1962 she believed the sweet ecosystem was being destroyed even then by the chemicals that had entered our world through World war One. Dear GOD the heartache of that should it ever happen weighs heavy upon my heart and mind. I love the sounds of the birds and the bees in my garden…sweetly going about their lives without understanding what we are doing to them. With every choice we make we are either helping to save them or we are helping to kill them. So please begin to think about what part you can play in keeping our sweet ecosystem alive. It is in our hands.
I want to give you some tips on how to do this. It may seem daunting at first, but truly it is manageable. Today let’s talk about weeds. How do we kill weeds without chemicals that “will kill the beneficial ecosystem needed to sustain our lives? ”
First of all I am a HUGE lover of dandelions. They actually are some of the healthiest and prettiest “weed” on the planet. I understand a wayward one in the crack of the sidewalk needing to go but left alone in your lawn and garden they Feed Bumble bee’s, they nourish the soil, they are chock full of minerals and vitamins and can be made into tea, stir fried and put into salads. They are beautiful and healthy and ladybugs love them!
So if you are trying to find another way here you go. Hand weeding is time consuming but it works well and is very safe. It will also keep you in shape and connect you with the earth. You can use a screw driver, a dandelion weeder which will pop the root out (satisfying to see the root come out!)
Hoeing is a beautiful way to get between the flowers and the vegetables and it covers a large area quickly. Make sure you pick up the weeds and throw them in the trash and not leave them laying on the ground as they can spread their seeds.
Cultivating using a rototiller or discus
Mowing in the early spring is an excellent way to cut down the weeds
Flamers powered by propane they will heat the plant until it explodes their cell walls.
Ground Cover called living mulches they are effective in preventing weed growth. They can form a tight carpet through which it is difficult for weeds to come up
Smothering After mowing or cutting lay down a mulch of heavy cardboard, newspaper or black plastic. Cover that with organic mulch like bark chips and wait one growing season
Corn Gluten raked into the soil where the weeds are in the early spring stops them from sprouting seeds.(Earth easy corn gluten meal is a good one)
Vinegar solution this can be really great with repeat use..early spring, late summer one gallon of white vinegar, 1 tbsp of liquid dish soap, 15-20 drops of cinnamon or clove oil, 15-20 drops of citrus oil (I use Young Living) Protect your plants around the area you will be spraying with a garden fiber and DON”T use it on your lawn.
Mulch works beautifully long term to protect the soil and prevent weeds. Chopped leaves, compost, grass clippings, pine needles, gravel, river rock, black plastic, landscape fabrics all have their place in keeping weeds down. 2-3 inches of the organic compost are needed. If you use the fabric, clean up the area first and then lay it, then lay the chips or bark or compost or whatever on top. The mulch protects the fabric and improves the appearance of the garden.
I love that you are here learning more about how to organically grow your healthy and beautiful gardens!!!!
Contact me for more information and let me know how your garden grows!!!