Episode four sees us talking about the thorny subject of weeds and how we majorly failed to keep them down after moving to the country. In our project segment we share what finally worked as a long-term solution for grass and weed killing in paths and far corners. And it wasn't toxic sprays. In our food segment, Jami talks about spice rubs, what to use them on, and the ingredients in her go-to favorites.
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Weed Killing Fails
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We don't have pictures of the different weed and grass eradication failures experiments we tried, since that was before blogging and weed killing pictures are not the type you'd normally take for a photo album, are they?
Let's let that sink in for a moment - think of all the things we document now that our parents and grandparents never gave a second thought about, ha!
You can still find people advising the use of carpet in gardens, like this article from Mother Earth News (though those photos look ancient, don't they?). All I've got to say is: you've been warned.
We do hate weeds, though, and have talked about them in other parts of the yard and garden:
- using newspaper and mulch in flower beds
- easy vegetable gardening with the no-till technique to lessen weeds
The Project That Finally Worked
Above is our raised bed vegetable garden's paths with the grass and weed killing plastic layered with gravel. You can also see how we use the plastic temporarily to kill weeds in the larger beds in early spring, which is part of the no-till method.
And this is our berry patch where the berry rows are covered with plastic and coarse straw (we found that coarse straw has less chance of seeds than fine straw, plus takes longer to break down).
Here's a link to a 6MM thick black plastic sheeting similar to what we've used:
Weatherall 6 Mil Black Poly Plastic Sheet, 1 Box of 100 Feet Long by 10 Feet Wide
Here's the video where we show how we dealt with our country weeds:
My love for spice rubs includes these four varieties I've created (so far…):
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