You must have some familiarity with weeds. To define weeds, I must say, weeds are those plants that are responsible not only for reducing available sunlight, moisture, and nutrients but also for reducing the growing space required by plants. The results in reduced crop growth and quality. Weeds are also responsible for making harvest hard. On the other hand, weeds have some benefits too. For example, sometimes they can protect other plants from the attack of insects and pests. If you have your own vegetable garden, you might have seen that garden weeds are grown at a rapid pace and spread aggressively. The purpose of this article is to show you a viable alternative to other food cultivation methods along with an effective way to keep your vegetable garden safe from different weeds. Let’s have a look at it:
Cultural Method is one of the most ancient ways to keep your garden safe from weeds. There are some vegetables that can grow faster than weeds. Some such vegetables are Beans, Sweet corn, Cucumbers, Melons, Peas, Irish Potatoes, Pumpkins, Squash, and potatoes. On the other hand, vegetables like carrots, Broccoli, Cabbage, Greens, Onions, Garden peas, Pepper, and Radishes don’t have much ability to do so.
It is scientifically proven that, if the crops have good and quick germination, they can suppress weeds. So, to achieve such a benefit, it is very important to plant the seedlings at a proper depth. Sufficient fertility and moisture need to be ensured too. While plants seedlings, it is better to keep a good look at the quality of the seedlings and the transplants as well. The soil of the garden needs to be tested properly.
Mulches are a good option to reduce the germination and growth of weeds. Mulches are of two different types- Organic Mulches and Inorganic Mulches. Organic Mulches are resultant from plant objects and decay naturally in the soil. The most common organic mulching tools are manures, sawdust, leaves, ground corncobs, bark chips, and straw. It is a good idea to apply them 3-4 inches deep all over the base of the vegetable plant. But, make sure that, the straw does not contain any seeds of weeds. On the other hand, the Inorganic Mulches must be detached from the soil just after serving to increase the moisture of the soil. Black plastic is the most commonly used Inorganic Mulch. While applying black plastic mulch, you must make sure that there is enough moisture in your garden soil.
It is really very important to decide, which type of mulching should be used. Well! It depends on the planting time of seedlings. For Organic Mulches, the best time is the spring when the temperature of the soil has warmed. On the other hand, Inorganic Mulches are perfect when the temperature of the soil is nearly 6-10 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, if you are worried about the weed control of your beloved vegetable garden, make the right decision based on the time you are planning to start your garden. I hope this short article will help you out to some extent.