Weed & Feed

wv2gaApril 11, 2011

I've always have had an issue with weeds in my garden, even with using the mesh paper between the plants. This year I was toying with the notion of using a 'weed & feed' as I prepared the soil for planting.

My fear is that the 'weed' part of 'weed & feed' will kill the plants and seeds I'll be planting.

Any advice on whether to do this or not would be appreciated. Last year was one of my worst gardens since moving into my home, so just don't want a replay of 2010.



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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Weed and Feed products are supposed to prevent seeds from germinating and are also known to cause problems with established plants. Plus, you should NEVER using something like that in your veggie garden or anywhere near edibles.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 1:46PM
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What do you guys think of control burning to kill seeds? My dad use to do that for his garden to prepare the soil. I'm not 100% sure how he did it but it maybe a good way.

Another way I have heard is to lay down black plastic and let the sun heat the soil up to kill seeds.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 3:43PM
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I lay down a thick bed of pine needles... no weeds will grow through it. Staw will work too.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 3:56PM
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Thanks for the help. One year, I put down left over wheat straw, bad, BAD idea. The next season weeds (or wheat) pushed the darn pins out of the ground that held my mesh-paper down. The paper works well but I'd love to have just the exposed dirt.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 4:36PM
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shebear(z8 NCentralTex)

My solution is a shuffle hoe.....and not being a perfectionist.

I find a bit of mindless shuffling outside is good for my physical health and a bit of mindless shuffle hoe sharpening inside is good for my mental health.

I don't even pick up the weeds. Let them die in the Texas summer heat.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 5:39PM
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Dan Staley

Last year we gave a gift of a shuffle hoe, as in our opinion it is one of the best weeding tools.

And putting poison down in a veggie garden?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 5:48PM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

Some veggie-safe products have corn meal gluten in them. They prevent seeds of both weeds AND veggies from sprouting. This is fine if you are planting only veggie transplants but not a good idea if you plan to direct seed anything. The CMG remains for awhile keeping weed seeds in the garden soil from sprouting. However, it does not stop growth from root fragments and it's effectiveness against seed is not 100% and doesn't last real long. It is safe around edibles and is a mild fertilizer, also.

I think of Weed and Feed as a lawn product that kills broadleaf (ie. non-grass) weeds when it contacts the leaf surface. It does nothing to stop seeds from germinating and growing into new weeds. It should NOT be used near things you plan to eat. If it were used in a veggie garden you would kill any non-grass/grain plants (ie. beans, tomatoes, lettuce, etc., etc.) and also add a toxin to your soil. Use one or some of the methods suggested by others, NOT Weed and Feed.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 6:04PM
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Thanks again. So I will NOT be doing any type weed/feed, got it. I'll be my best to get it cleaned up early and adding more 'clean' soil should help.

May just be breaking out the 'golden eagle claw' alot more this year.

Now if anyone can help me with SVB, I'll be set. Things have gotten my plants three years straight. Tried everything from Sevin Dust/Spray to physically inspecting each plant for the eggs...

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:50AM
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I agree, no poisons in my veg. garden. I have used one of those preemergent types in a perennial bed over run with knot weed (annual Polygonum sp.)with only minimal success. This same company has now come out with a vegetable garden formulation. I can't for the life of me understand how this chemical tells the defference between a weed seed and a carrot seed.

Get a hoe, a good sun hat and in a few minutes a day you should be able to keep things under control.


    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 3:49PM
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Recommend a hoe. With some practice, one can weed a fairly large garden with a hoe easily. Pick a hot dry afternoon to it.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 4:03PM
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The best thing just water the plants let the area between the plants stay dry. Then after each rain go out there and pull the weeds by the plants. Then the next day use the shuffle hoe between the rows. You have to do this every time it rains because new weeds will sprout up. You have to stay on top of this if you don't want the weeds to take over. Good luck with your garden. Happy Weeding!!!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 12:44AM
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