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Old 05-25-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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It seems late to be planting now anyway, taking more weeks will make it hard to get much of a yield before the fall. I a small tiller like the Mantis is not allowed, it will just have to be done by hand and spade. There is no easy, fast way without power tools. Next year, you can put down several layers of newspaper with some soil to hold it down and prevent weeds, then the paper breaks down into the soil in spring.
Not sure where OP is from, but in the Northeast, planting is traditionally done on Memorial Day.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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If you pull and remove, why cover? Is it to keep errant weed and grass seeds from landing in the area until you are ready to use it?
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:37 AM
 
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If you pull and remove, why cover? Is it to keep errant weed and grass seeds from landing in the area until you are ready to use it?
Yes. Especially since this plot is a weed fest. At the end of the growing season after all old garden matter is turned back into the soil, a hand seeding of winter rye will help keep early weeds from getting crazy next year.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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As a actual expert with 4 years of 3rd level and much more in the field the answer is simple.

clear it by hand with a fork add some fertilizer and organic matter and go ahead and plant. As I said before planting through strips of permeable membrane will help keep the area directly around your young plants clear. You can fool around with fashionable cardboard or whatever nonsense you like, but the important part is digging and clearing with some mulch or fabric etc around the plant bases because unless you use chemicals they will be swamped with weeds.


Next year you can go to town prepping your site.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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As a actual expert with 4 years of 3rd level and much more in the field the answer is simple.

clear it by hand with a fork add some fertilizer and organic matter and go ahead and plant. As I said before planting through strips of permeable membrane will help keep the area directly around your young plants clear. You can fool around with fashionable cardboard or whatever nonsense you like, but the important part is digging and clearing with some mulch or fabric etc around the plant bases because unless you use chemicals they will be swamped with weeds.


Next year you can go to town prepping your site.
Yea, cardboard never worked for me. Did an experiment with plastic too - nada. Weeds still there and had to be pulled out.

pull em out and mulch!
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:23 PM
 
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Just going to throw my two cents in. This year may be a bust. If you can keep the plot year after year then think long term. This year is about cleaning the plot so that you can work it next year.

Just to get a little something done this year use some sort of cheap container and soil to at least grow a little something while you work your plan to get rid of the weeds. If it is allowed.....don't laugh...... throw some old carpet over the plot and wait. That will smoother just about anything under it and it's weight makes it impossible for anything to grow up though it. It won't break down in bad weather.
You can even put your containers over top of it and get growing.

For your containers they can be anything from those reusable shopping bags you get at the store for a buck to buckets. Heck I have even seen people buy a bag of dirt punch some holes it and go at it. No need for anything fancy and found stuff works best for this temporary fix. Then spend time time doing research and talking to experienced gardeners so that you are ready for next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HATC3rG6NbQ

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Find a hungry Goat or Donkey. Stake him out right in the middle of the 20' x 20'with a three foot rope. Add six inches when those weeds are cleared. Not only will this get rid of your weeds but you have fertilizer also. In less than a week you should be weed free.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:23 PM
 
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I have two raised beds with some plantings. I went out there this evening and pulled hundreds of little weed sprouts. Is this normal? The back of my yard abuts a vacant lot whose owner does not cut the grass and weeds. If I cover the areas between the plants, will that help with my weeding?
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:52 PM
 
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Weeding is just a fact of gardening life. You always have some. I use a halo hoe and go at them. Easier than stooping and picking them.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I agree with the others, weed the area, till the soil, put down some kind of barrier, then mulch. My friend bought some bags of potting soil, placed them on top of the mulch, slit the bags open and planted her plants in the bags of top soil. It sounds silly, but she got lovely tomatoes and other veggies using this method. Plus it'll give you time to kill all the weeds and have the plot ready for next year.
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