We had a big work day at Mom’s place cutting down weeds in the garden area. The green works electric mower did okay cutting down the semi-damp/2 foot tall weeds. I wanted to use my bagging lawnmower hoping I could bag some of the weed seed. I’m not sure I bagged the weed seed, but we did get Mom’s garden area cleaned up enough so she can start her raised bed gardens with new soil and compost.
Mom was a little concerned about using my lawnmower on her weeds but the little Greenworks mower did good, even though the weeds were very damp. I think I showed Mom she can take her riding lawnmower into the field and keep the weeds cut back even if we can’t eliminate them this year. Cutting down 2 foot tall weeds is a challenge for any mower but I have proved the Green works electric mower can handle the job if not quite as well as a powerful gas mower.
A friend suggested using old carpet as a weed barrier. This friend is a garden goddess that built a greenhouse from cast off window frames. So she knows about going cheap but also spends money when and where it is needed. Our friend just happen to know someone getting rid of some old carpet and Mom got it for free. After mowing/weed wacking. Mom laid down the carpet “JUTE” side up and will add mulch on top carpet so the carpet makes a weed barrier and Mom can walk around her beds without the weeds trying to trip her up! Mom will need more mulch. I don’t know about anyone else’s garden but I always need more mulch. It might be that as I learn more about gardening and landscaping I see more areas that mulch would be a great addition from building soil to water retention
The Kellog’s soil, I love using this soil in my raised beds and when (the soil) went on sale a couple of months ago and I was correct in guessing the cost per cu. ft. was going up by about 33- 50 %. I was able to give Mom four of the 3 cubic ft. bags as well as top off all my garden projects. I did not plan for that soil to go up in cost but I’m composting and the steer manure/compost is a low cost augment to my garden beds. Now I have added enough good soil in my beds that I hopefully no longer need to add soil.
Great news my onions are coming up in the garden bed! The grass seed is sprouting up and my potato buckets are starting to grow. The pepper spray on the straw mulch in the berry buckets seems to have dissuaded the squirrels from digging in the berry planters. My hoses reach to all parts of the garden and I soaked all the planters I have not watered the last few days. I’m still working on the garden irrigation plan but now I know I have plenty of hoses ready to water all of the garden beds.
Last but not least I splurged on some Jiffy starter packs. I want to have a fall garden as well as succession plantings in my raised beds. These are cheap starter beds, but if they last 2-3 years the cost of $4-6.00 is an acceptable cost for starting plants.