The weeds won - VeggieBoards
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 Old 05-11-2013, 12:31 AM
jambo101's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 69

 I've been battling the weeds on my 15X20 urban community garden for the past 5 years and while i've had much success with the produce its always been a constant battle with the weeds that if left un attended will grow faster than my vegetables.Looking at neighboring plots i notice those that have successfully beaten the weeds spend several hours everyday on their plot weeding and turning soil,unfortunately i dont have that kind of time and recently have lost the ability to bend down along with other health issues that make the garden too much work for me to continue so i guess the weeds have won. however all is not lost,i've given up the garden plot in favor of 20 containers (plastic kitty litter containers)on my back balcony,much easier to maintain.

Heres a pic of the old garden notice how grass has retaken half of it..


jambo101 is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 Old 05-11-2013, 02:19 AM
Veggie Regular
'IckenNoodleSoup's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: not here
Posts: 1,468

For anyone faced with a plot of grass and weeds, a complet layer of cardboard or thick newspapers topped with a couple of inches of compost or manure will get the soil weed and grass free. It takes several months but is efficient. Then just regularly hoe between your veggie plants from then on.

The sky is purple and things are right every day

'IckenNoodleSoup is offline  
#3 Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 AM
Veggie Regular
Tom's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 5,195

Your community garden plot looks a lot like mine. I have my own yard also, and some of it is turned over to vegetables, but I have a black walnut tree and those are hard on some types of plants- they make a type of herbicide which is lethal to tomato-family plants, cabbagey plants, and okra. (Squash, cucumbers, beans, lettuce, most herbs, and corn don't have a problem with walnuts, except maybe for shade.) I try to grow the sensitive plants in the community plot.


This year, I think I will beat the grass! It's a really tough type that forms big clumps with lots of roots, and if you try to just pull or cut it, it comes right back. But I'm doing something like 'IckenNoodleSoup suggests: burlap bags on top of the most aggressive clumps. I also periodically remove the burlap, dig the grass up, and put the burlap back. (Someone at work collects the old burlap bags from a local coffee company that would just throw out the bags their beans come in otherwise.)


Luckily, some of my weeds are edible: lamb's-quarters (a sort of wild spinach), garlic mustard, purslane, dandelion, and common mallow. But of course, you really have to be sure you know what you're eating. For example, a lot of weeds related to carrot and parsley (and which look a lot like them) can make you very sick, or even kill you.


I just wish crabgrass were edible. Actually, it is- for animals who like grass. My pet rabbits Hans and Franz helped me rid my yard of the stuff- although of course that made only a small portion of their food.

Peasant (1963-1972) and Fluffy (1970s?-1982- I think of you as 'Ambrose' now)- Your spirits outshone some humans I have known. Be happy forever.
Tom is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VeggieBoards forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off