One of the things I really dislike about gardening is weeding. Seriously, I’ve tried weeding to music, weeding when I’m mad, you know the whole therapeutic vision of yanking some one out of the ground by their head, doesn’t matter, I don’t like the task and I never will.
In order to raise a bumper crop of vegetables weeding must be done. My favorite method of weed prevention is smothering them with grass clippings. I bag up my lawn grass (I don’t spray with chemicals) from the lawn mower and it not only helps to prevent weeds but the are rows nice and soft to sit while harvesting. It decomposes and adds organic material to the soil for the next year.
My friend Beth (pictured above) raises a large variety of vegetables including: tomatoes, peppers, beans, spinach, chard, kale, romaine lettuce, spring greens. broccoli, water melon, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant and a few others I know I forgot.
Tools To Make Weeding Easier
I have the diamond headed hoe and love how it easily pushes and pulls through the soil, even the hard concrete-like soil during the heat of summer. It actually makes weeding the vegetable garden fun, ok, maybe not fun, but less of a chore. I also really like the claw gardening gloves.
Flexrake 500W Hula-Ho Mini Flexrake Hula-Ho with 14-Inch Wood HandleAsano Japanese Ninja Claw Rake and CultivatorGarden Weasel Long Handled Garden ClawBadger Garden Digging Gloves, Durable Gray Claws on Both Hands – No More Worn Out Fingertips or Broken Fingernails!Nejiri Gama HoeCorona Clipper SH61000 Diamond Hoe
When I was younger I NEVER wore gardening gloves, I was tough, didn’t need no stinking gloves, just wash my hands afterwards.
With age comes wisdom and it’s so much easier to just pull them off and not have mud and dirt under your nails. Plus with gardening gloves you don’t get poked with sticker weeds.
My small handled tools stay in my rolling garden seat, yes, another concession to age, I can’t believe I said that.