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Post  Razed Bed on 5/19/2015, 11:19 am

I had to go on a road trip to scout some bush leaguers for the parent club, and while I was gone, our drought-stricken city finally received significant rainfall for the first time in more than 20 days.

I had applied compost tea to the green children before I left, and when I returned, it was like everything had been injected with steroids.

There was one problem, which we have never experienced in the past.  All of our containers and the raised bed squares were saturated with weeds.  Multiple varieties of many things were now growing in the beds--day lillies, Johnson grass, dandelions, chickweed, bermuda grass, broadleaf plantain, clover, and others I cannot ID.  We spent more than an hour pulling weeds early this AM, only leaving the dandelion since we will eat that.

Has anybody else dealt with what apparently is wind-related spreading of weed seeds into the SFG?  Of course, the weeds look 10x healthier than the crops.  I always contemplate growing edible weeds each year as a joke, but maybe it should be considered seriously???

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Post  sanderson on 5/19/2015, 1:05 pm

I don't think you are alone with this problem. I'm sorry you had to weed so much, though.

I don't have a real problem but the beds are all elevated off the ground, some covered with bridal tulle part of the year, and/or loosely covered with plastic during the winter to keep out junk. There aren't many weeds in the surrounding area, except for one box and that is where I get some spurge seedlings.

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Post  yolos on 5/19/2015, 1:48 pm

I continually have weed problems.  Because I am vigilant about pulling weeds when they first pop up, it is no big deal compared to the old row gardening weed problem.  Some of my weeds come from my compost and many are wind blown.  Especially pine tree weeds.  I must have pulled over a hundred pine seedlings that grew up in my beds and also in my mulched walkways.

Sanderson does not have as many weeds as some of us I think because she makes real hot compost that kills the weed seeds and she is also in a residential neighborhood.  I have an open field on one side of my garden that likes to send all the weed seeds my way.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/19/2015, 2:25 pm

Oh, yes, it doesn't take long...

I live in a neighborhood built out of an old cow field.  We have all SORTS of weeds.  And pine tree babies.

Have you put down any kind of blocking mulch like newspaper layers?  That's next for me.
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That will be the idea this weekend

Post  Razed Bed on 5/20/2015, 10:29 pm

I have several bags of newspapers ready to be recycled, but instead, I will redirect a couple two three through the shredder and mulch with them.  The cows have already left the barn, though, and we will have to pull weeds again for more than an hour.

I think it must be both a combination of wind-blown seeds and some compost that did not heat as thoroughly as I may have been led to believe.

Oh well.  Maybe, I will lose a half-ounce with the extra exercise.

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