I’m talking about GARDEN weeds (don’t get excited – even though I live on the Sunshine Coast, I’m not into growing Weed.)
Our lot has been totally cleared by excavator at least twice. I have learned the hard way that disturbing the natural soil layer makes it more attractive for weeds to get a foothold. More than a foothold: a 4 foot-deep stranglehold! The reasons weeds exist in such profusion are because they have no natural predators and they have a very efficient propagation/seed distribution system. Deer and insects don’t eat them. We can mow them, if the ground is smooth enough. But, basically they have to be dug/pulled. And, in the case of blackberry and horsetail, any segment of root remaining in the soil will generate a brand new plant. It’s no wonder that organic gardeners feel as though they’re losing the battle.
My sister-in-law, Pam, passed this recipe for an organic weed-killer:
4 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp dish detergent
add a little water to the solution.
Remember it has to be applied in warm weather.
These are my worst herbal enemies here at This Green Life. The WWOOFers and I will fight them to the ……… slight reduction and replacement by friendlier herbs.