Weeding tips for gardening.
An introduction to weeds and seeds.
A garden that is completely free of weeds is an anomaly. Unwanted seeds come into our gardens from everywhere! They blow in on the wind, animals bring them in, and we inadvertently bring them in on our cloths or shoes. If it weren't for the abundant life energy in plants, our planet would be barren; still, when they grow where we don't want them, they're a nuisance and choke out some of our more delicate food crops. So we call them weeds!
In a garden plot that was active the year before, you will want to weed it before planting any new vegetables in it. Use a hand fork, and a hand weeding tool; as well as your own hands to rid the soil of any noticeable weeds. Put those weeds in a bucket so that you can compost them later on. You want to get your garden plot clean of any weeds or roots of weeds. Try as you may, there will be some left; mostly tiny seeds that you can't see. That's alright. Just get out most of what you can see. Also, you can remove any rocks or gravel from the soil.
Now, following the directions on your seed packet, put the seeds into the ground in rows. You'll want to water them every day, until they germinate and you see them peeking out from under the dirt. After that, water them every other day, until they are mature, which will be in a few weeks.
Before they germinate, you'll want weed around them every few days. Once they get to be several inches tall, you can put down oat straw, or some other mulch, to keep the weeds down. Just put the straw all over the loose soil, but keep it from gathering too much at the base of the vegetables you are growing. If there is thick straw or other mulch by the base, then water can collect there and start to rot things.
Gardening is a pleasure and creates a bounty of food and companionship. Weeding is important to keep your garden healthy. A few weeds are unavoidable; but too many will ruin your crop. I hope this little article inspires you to keep your plants happy and growing strong.
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