Pull the Weeds {Frugal Gardening 101}

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!


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  1. I love that before & after picture! haha!

  2. Been there, done that. It’s like a scavenger hunt, but much less fun. I used to say that the weeds confused the insects and therefore protected my plants. Ha! Also, I forgot to link up last week so I have two posts linked today.

  3. charity crawford says:

    Weeds are a pain and can be so hard to keep on top of sometimes…My motto is “Just do a little each day if it’s all you can do and you will eventually get there.”

  4. Christina Moore says:

    Love this post! My garden usually looks more like a box of weeds than an actually veggie garden so I feel your pain. I’ve heard great things about landscape fabric when it comes to controlling weeds. You can buy it for a good price here: http://www.gemplers.com/landscape-fabric I’m all for anything that will keep me from constantly pulling them.

    Hope this helps!

    • I think we’re gonna have to go with the landscape fabric when we FINALLY get around to landscaping around the house. I don’t want to be fighting weeds in my flowers.

  5. I have garden envy!


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