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How to keep weeds down in your vegetable garden

Updated on October 6, 2012

I know first hand that weeds in the vegetable garden can frustrating. Very easily they can take over and draw important nutrients away from your vegetables. Take these important steps to make weeds less of a problem in your garden this year.

Weekly Maintenance

Put your garden weeding on a schedule - each week, take a few minutes to pull out weeds from around your vegetable plants. By doing a little every week, you will prevent weeds from taking a hold in your garden and over time you should have less weeds. Weeds are also easier to pull out when they are smaller instead of later when their roots have been established and even mixed into your vegetables' roots. A hoe is a good tool to have on hand and will help with the weeding process.

Add Mulch

You can use layers of newspapers around plants and at least 3-4 inches of mulch. This will help keep weeds from growing around your vegetable plants. Add more mulch each year as needed. You can use grass clippings, straw, or other bagged mulch from your garden supply store. Inorganic mulches can also be used. These would include black garden plastic.

Don't Water the Weeds

Make sure to use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers so that you are not unintentionally watering the weeds. This can also keep weed growth down.

Plant Crops that Naturally Suppress Weeds

The following crops naturally suppress weed growth because they shade the soil around the plant.

  • Squash
  • Beans
  • Pumpkins
  • Peas
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Melons
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

About the Author

Kristy Rose dislikes weeding her vegetable garden as much as anyone, so she's implementing some of these great tips in her own garden this season. She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, START HERE and you can publish your first article today!


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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub on keeping your garden weed free all season long with all your tips and advice . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Love this picture of your bg productive garden. Gardeners always love reading about gardening. Very helpful.voted up and useful.