Hi Eugene! Yes, I'm teaching 3 summer classes--but online; right now I am on the last one, thank goodness. That means I do the work too late at night and on rainy mornings like today (Saturday in Western Mass.--WOW! did we have some thunder corkers this morning! Got me out of bed--about 2 foot in the air!)
Thanks, all, for the weed advice:
I found 2 4 D right away as the primary ingredient in the 'kill weeds but not grass' category (got some on a great sale--'spot weed killer' and a concentrate for spraying your lawn in the spring, like Scott's Step 2). Round-Up, Rodeo & the Agway product are 'kill everything' sprays that use the ingredient GLYPHOSPHATE. That's for desperate measures, but that's about where I am at the moment. I'm also going to do the newspaper smother trick: layer newspaper (thickly) over your garden bed, wet it/weight it down (the logistical problem is that dry paper blows away, duh), maybe shovel manure on it, and just leave it. Fortunately I have a pile of debris from gutting our kitchen, with lots of pieces of panelling and plywood--if you have scrap pieces like that, those are GREAT for smothering the weeds and keeping them from encroaching on your rows. We pulled out a ceiling full of '60s fiberboard 'tiles' and I'm using them between the rows. Anyway, till it all in next spring (not the lumber
) and I'm told you'll have smothered most of the weeds. I'm still skeptical--these weeds are the Arnold Schwarzeneggers of weeds!
But I'll try it.
I do know it takes years to build or rejuvenate a garden bed... I was just getting my garden in eastern Connecticut to be productive, sigh, after 10 years
BUT my joyful discovery is that the soil here is FABULOUS! ANYTHING will grow in it. I've never seen a bigger summer squash plant, and my beans are growing like triffids. The happy thing is that, as I reclaim area from the weeds, and have more time (
) this garden is going to be a big producer!
Thanks again, Farm Lady Jocelyn