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Weeds overtaking my Celery/Carrots in New Garden!

Posted by jschristian44 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 27, 11 at 18:33

I am pretty new to vegetable gardening. I thought it would be a nice relaxing way to enjoy watching vegetables grow and then eat them. I planted some pumpkins for halloween harvest, some Utah Tall Celery and some Baby Carrot variety. I see a few carrot stalks showing through as well as a few celery. I believe I planted them wrong and will learn from that, but the weeds are overtaking them. The pumpkins are amazingly fun to watch grow. They grow like 2-3 leaves a week now and the leaves are getting huge. It's amazing to see the progress how they started as just a little 2 leaf bud. Anyways, my main concern is the grass and weeds that are growing in my garden that are shadowing my celery and carrots. I try to pull them, but I have a fear of pulling my veges with them. I pulled a few veges I know of but I'd like to avoid that. I planted mulch and mushroom soil mulch and I was hoping that would discourage weed growth but it didn't really help. I am going to start over in the springtime, planting cucumbers, tomatoes, etc in teh garden and I want to do it right at that time. I am going to harvest whatever celery and carrots grow by that time and start over. I have red crimson clover growing to act as a border for bunnies and other animals so they can eat that first before coming in my garden and I have hosing that looks like snakes as well. Please help!

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RE: Weeds overtaking my Celery/Carrots in New Garden!

Both celery and carrots are commercially grown here along the coast as winter harvested crops. Weeds will germinate long before these crops and overwhelm them as yours are doing. The farmer waits for the weeds to germinate and hits them with a herbicide spray before the carrots or celery have broken ground. This is very effective in weed prevention. Al

RE: Weeds overtaking my Celery/Carrots in New Garden!

I think every gardener can appreciate your situation. If you have seeded veggies in rows, I have found the best way is to get down on the knees on a garden pad and pull them by hand. I can quickly pull the weeds in between the rows and then I focus on the weeds closer to the veggie seedlings. I pull them carefully, one at a time, around the vegetable seedlings. I then hill some soil around the disturbed veggie seedlings and carefully water as soon as possible to minimize plant stress. I think the number one trick is to pull weeds when they are small - they are easier to pull and have smaller root systems so the veggie seedlings are disturbed as little as possible. Once the area is weeded, maintain it by pulling some of the new weeds every time you go to the garden.

If the weeds near the veggie seedlings are too big to safely pull, then cut them off with a pruning shears and continue to remove any new growth until your veggies are harvested.

I do not do block planting so I have no advice to offer you if this is your seeding method other than to remove the weeds when they are young.

Whatever happens, do not give up on gardening. Weeds are very frustrating but you will be better off stress-wise by accepting that this problem will occur every season. Weeds must be dealt with to get a good harvest so experiment and find what works best in your situation. Many, many weed control methods and strategies exist out there and are used with varying degrees of success.

Good Luck!

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