Hello and Happy Spring! I spent a couple of afternoons this week shopping for and working in my garden, so I wanted to share what I’m growing this year as well as a new weed-control method I’m trying.
This year I planted:
- Heirloom Tomato (my absolute favorite)
- Red Bell Pepper
- Orange Bell Pepper
- Yellow Bell Pepper
- Sweet Basil
I still have two spots to fill, and I know one will be dedicated to zucchini as soon as my local Co-Op gets them in.
This year I tried something different as I was planting my herbs and veggies. I put down a layer of newspaper and then covered it with a layer of mulch. (I also added a new top layer of garden soil below the newspaper while I was preparing the bed for planting.)
Last year weeds all but took over my garden bed. I know I was a part of the problem since apparently gardeners are supposed to remove weeds or something like that. I know myself, and I know that I do not — and will not — weed my raised bed enough, so I’m trying to meet the problem head on. Here’s what I’m thinking:
- New garden soil will be really good for my plants, and it also doesn’t already have weeds growing in it.
- According to my research, newspaper is a chemical-fee weed blocker. Plus it has some other added benefits.
- The mulch will help retain water (which is extremely important in raised beds), and it should further prevent weeds from taking over my garden.
The stepping stone seen above is one I’ve had since my very first garden several years ago in our First House. It says: “Dogs may not be our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”
Here’s hoping my theory pays off, and I have a mostly weed-free garden season!