See that beautiful lettuce?
What. You don’t see it? Let’s try this.
Ah, yes. There it is. Lettuce! Gosh, perhaps if it wasn’t taken over by a forest of weeds it would have fared better. Clearly, we ran out of straw, and apparently I am delusional, trusting that the garden in our backyard is self-maintaining. (Oh. By the way, my husband brought back two bales of straw from the farm the other day, strapped to the top of our mini-van. So we’re good to go. And, we’re also hillbillies.)
If you’ve fallen behind on your weed taming chores, never fear! I think they’re easier and more fun to pull when they are a little bigger, anyway, so it’s all good! When you do find the motivation to yank up some weeds and make room for the real plants, try these simple tips.
- Moisten the soil. Pulling weeds out of hard, dry soil is nothing but a lesson in frustration. If the soil is moist, the weeds will come up easier, root and all.
- Loosen the soil with a mini hand rake . Again, it just makes the weeds come up easier. Some of the weeds will even come right up with the rake without any pulling. I don’t like to use a hoe because I’m afraid of breaking the stem from the root. I want the root outta here.
- Pull weeds at the base. Oh, it irritates me when I yank on a weed and the root doesn’t come out! Grab that sucker at the base. If it doesn’t act like it will come up without breaking, rake around it some more.
A word of caution: don’t get too gung ho with the rake around the base of your plants, for fear that you break the plant’s root system and it lays over when the weeds are pulled. Not that I would have any experience with that
yesterday. (I’ll give an update on my poor, traumatized cucumber plant next week.)
So there you have it. Pull your weeds. Aren’t you glad I’m here to dole out helpful gardening advice?
What’s your garden looking like this week? Link up so we can ooooh and ahhhh over it. I’m jealous of Getting Freedom’s cauliflower and peas, and I bet there are things ready to eat in out of the garden in Texas, where Smockity Frocks lives! I think, though, that by next week we’ll be eating zucchini from the garden. Yipee!