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Removing weeds for garden bed?

I have a section of land i want to make into a veg. garden ..it was over run with weeds (see pic) i want to know how to keep it weed free after we remove the weeds?

the plan is to replace some of the soil with garden mix, do i need landscape fabric/Tarp on the bottom? anything i can add to "discourage" weeds?

also may build a type of wood frame to add depth.
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Plants need room to have their roots grow. What is the point if you put in landscaping fabric/tarp? These both prevent roots of your vegetable plants from growing properly.

Dig. Dig. And Dig.

Pull out all the weeds as much as possible.

If needed ... dump the soil onto your grass (at lease 6-8" worth of it.

Then buy yourself 2 bags of cattle manure and 6-8bags of Triple Mix soil.

Do it in sections.

Pour 3-4 bags of Triple mix plus 1 bag of cattle manure in the first half of the section. MIX ... use a shovel and keep on mixing to turn it over and over.

Repeat for the second half of the section.

Then you can beginning planting your vegetables in about a week.
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makes sence....guess im buying poop this wkend. Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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Where are you able to buy $hit now? Any nurseries open you know of?
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kimchibowl wrote: Where are you able to buy $hit now? Any nurseries open you know of?
i was just gonna check lowes/home depot website..... it may be too early.
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If you don't feel like digging you can smother it with old newspaper and cardboard and then throw some soil and mulch on top, and whatever else you want to amend it with. The only issue with this method is you have to wait a few weeks to plant, would have been best to do a month or 2 ago to be planting soon.
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To "discourage" weeds, you can spread some mulch (I prefer composted pine mulch) between your plants. The bonus is that the mulch helps the soil retain moisture. The downside? You will still get weeds. Heck, I get weeds growing between riverbed stones laid on top of thick landscape fabric.

There is no such thing as a zero maintenance garden. One of my projects this summer will be a lift and relay project on the 100s of sq ft of pavers around our pool and redo the polymeric to...er... keep the weeds away. Pavers. No maintenance. Riiiiight...
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If it was overrun with weeds, chances are there are millions of weed seeds in it. You're going to have to either solarize the planting area or deeply mulch to control the weeds (and they will probably still find a way to grow). Best thing is to dig up weeds regularly and make sure they aren't allowed to set seed, remember...one year's seeding, seven years weeding.

Is the area in full sun, part shade, shade? That dictates what will grow well there and you also have space limitations too. If you build something raised, make sure you aren't messing with the drainage, you don't want to cause flooding to either you or your neighbours.
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I’ve been using weed B gone and it helps a bit.
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ammaretto wrote: i was just gonna check lowes/home depot website..... it may be too early.
You can buy it from HD - I did three weeks ago. I bought twelve bags of cow compost and dumped it all over my garden beds (recently bought this place, and the garden soil is poor quality clay with lots of hungry trees around - really needs more organic matter). Honestly, I could probably have bought dozens more and used them easily - use it thick as mulch in garden beds to prevent weeds and feed plants. Use it as a thin top dressing on the lawn to have super-grass. Mix it in when planting for awesome trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Mix it into containers to revitalize them. Only thing it sucks at is for fill - it slowly shrinks to nothing so you can't use it for anything structural.
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Mars2012 wrote: If it was overrun with weeds, chances are there are millions of weed seeds in it. You're going to have to either solarize the planting area or deeply mulch to control the weeds (and they will probably still find a way to grow). Best thing is to dig up weeds regularly and make sure they aren't allowed to set seed, remember...one year's seeding, seven years weeding.

Is the area in full sun, part shade, shade? That dictates what will grow well there and you also have space limitations too. If you build something raised, make sure you aren't messing with the drainage, you don't want to cause flooding to either you or your neighbours.
"Solarize"?? its in full sun now. ;-(
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ammaretto wrote: "Solarize"?? its in full sun now. ;-(
You dig up the largest weeds and put down thick plastic to cover the entire area. This traps in the moisture and also increases the soil temperature to kill off the seeds. If you don't have plastic covering it, the sun just warms up the soil and germinates more seeds.
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Mars2012 wrote: You dig up the largest weeds and put down thick plastic to cover the entire area. This traps in the moisture and also increases the soil temperature to kill off the seeds. If you don't have plastic covering it, the sun just warms up the soil and germinates more seeds.
how long do i leave the plastic on?
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Jeez Louise, so much overkill when it comes to simple gardening.

1. Buy shovel
2. Turn soil
3. Plant deliciousness
4. Weed and water as necessary
5. Enjoy nature's bounty

If you devote 5 whole minutes per week to weeding that tiny patch of garden, that's all it takes. If you want to go 1 more step before turning the soil, pull out whatever you can by hand - that is all. Do not listen to all is superfluous time and energy wastage.
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thank goodness for the pic - weeding a section of land would be a real concern .... what you have, not so much.
ammaretto wrote: I have a section of land i want to make into a veg. garden
a section is an area nominally one square mile (2.6 square kilometers), containing 640 acres (260 hectares)
hoponpop wrote: If you devote 5 whole minutes per week to weeding that tiny patch of garden
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So we ended up removing about 4X4 of sod & making a whole new tiny garden. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes everything is planted! the original pic has been "de-weeded" but the soil is very heavy/clay & tiny rocks... gonna leave it for now & solarize next spring.

thanks for all the advice.

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