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Garden finally tilled up and planted.

This is a discussion on Garden finally tilled up and planted. within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; Louis, Unless you had a really good time doing all that...go back to Lowes' and ...

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    Louis,
    Unless you had a really good time doing all that...go back to Lowes' and get you some rolls of heavy mil black plastic.... and cover that lovely dirt (and all those weed seeds that will be sprouting) ! Place the plastic up to the rows of plants..no more weeds..no more tilling, conserves moisture..try it ,you will be surprised ! We have gardened this way for years....to make it look better,cover with mulch.

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    Gilda, thanks for the suggestion. We use similar stuff on all the flower beds, not sheet plastic, but some kind of woven black nylon that allows water to percolate down but blocks anything from growing up and through. It's expensive, but after this little ordeal, may just be worth putting down out there as well.

    Glad you guys liked the story--crafting with words is a lot of fun for me and I really need to take more time doing it. Rob, I had my first short story all set up and ready to be published in an antho just recently when the publisher got bought out by another company who cancelled the entire project. I still have several things circulating though; when something comes through I'll definitely let you know where and when!

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    Oh, Louis--I mean Yoda, that truly sucks. So near, and yet so far! I hope you'll keep trying--I think you have a great way with the written word and the world needs to hear it!

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    Louis

    You probably don't want to hear this, but that's never stopped me before.
    I really don't have weeds anymore, except for some minor outbreaks of oxalis in a few spots. Over the years, I've been very persistent about removing any weed I see, the minute I see it. Except for the stray seed that blows in every now and then, they really aren't much of a problem anymore. The key seems to be eary removal and regular removal by hand.

    I can see why you would want to till the garden this once, but continual use of that beast as a method of weed control in some ways, makes the problem worse. There are billions and billions of weed seeds in every batch of ground. They can just sit there buried and dormant for decades. Every time you do a major disturbance of the soil, you just bring more of them to the surface where conditions are the most favorable for their germination. I think your idea of the black stuff is a good one. It kind of sounds like the landscape fabric used around here.

    Another method some people use to greatly eliminate weeds if they can allow their patch of ground to remain unplanted for a season is this. Thoroughly moisten the soil and then cover it with clear plastic early in the season. The initial warmth causes the weed seeds to germinate quickly, but then as the heat builds up in the soil, everything steam cooks to death including the hidden seeds. You do have to leave the plastic on for an entire season to properly sterilize the soil. I've heard that it's a great way for eliminating weeds and also harmful pathogens that might be in the soil. Once the plastic comes off and the soil temps return to normal, all the good critters move back in.

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    Thanks Kev. Sounds like your and Gilda's plastic film method would work better than the landscape fabric we're using because it would actually broil the weeds, a thought I happen to like! Seriously, I'm going to have to give it a shot, and reserve the tilling for when I need to mix additives or something into the soil.

    Rob--the vote of confidence is much appreciated!

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    Well, ok, so, because I *didn't* put down any plastic film, the weeds

    WENT NUTS


    and I had to have a date today with Miss Tillette.

    But we did good, and I'm totally sunburned--a real redneck now, farmer's tan, and the veggie garden looks happy again.

    By the way, the reason the plants are all white is because I went ballistic with the Sevin Dust this morning, see the Stinkies Break Ground thread in the Tubers club for details.

    That's Bruce in the pic, sipping an ice-cold soda while I photograph and itch and sweat and burn....
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    I see a space for more veggies. Maybe tomatoes and on the fence some cucumbers. If you keep those space empty, I see more weeds coming. But then you have to do the weeding by hand, oh well.

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    Default Da Thrillah with da Tillah!

    Louis, you actually have dirt there! How much would you charge to send some real dirt to poor old clay filled Southern California? I once rented a tiller for my yard in San Diego, a big one that attached to a Bob-Cat tractor, and broke 9 tines off it. (and 3 of my nails!) Still couldn't plant anything more than zoisia grass...

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    Diane, actually, it only looks like dirt because of the ridiculous numbers of sacks of humus and peat I've tilled in over the years. Underneath all that, it's all clay clay and more clay. Nasty.

    BTW, I lived in Westlake for a couple years many years ago, so know exactly what you're talking about out there!

    We could trade: I'll send you some of this, but you have to send one of those test tubes filled with sand and marketed as "Malibu Real Estate."


    Tanya, half of those ARE tomatoes.



    And I planted cucumbers too; you just can't see them in the picture because NOBODY EVER TOLD ME UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE that you needed to plant them next to a fence.

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    you put sevin dust on your food?! Hectic!

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