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« on: August 20, 2009 06:03:25 AM »

these two plus some other regular weeds are pretty much taking over my garden.  I don't want to use sprays anymore especially since hearing that the non chemical ingredients cause damage to repro organs.  what can control these two buggers that isn't chemical in nature?  I have lost half my carrots to chickweed this year.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009 10:52:11 AM »

This is backbreaking but it works.

method one- Baking your garden. When it is sunny and hot put a large dark tarp over your garden to heat of the soil, the heat will kill most seeds.

method two-Till, let the sun kill the roots, till again a week later, and then again a third time. Each time the sprouts will get the roots exposed and will die off.

method three-hoe hoe hoe hoe and then hoe some more.

method four- In the fall I let everything die down and dry up. I hose down the sides of the garden and then light it on fire. Take safety precautions, common sense with this method.

method five-- weedblocker with stacks of newspaper and mulch.

Good luck-- they are high in vitiam C if you decide to try some!!!

http://www.altnature.com/gallery/chickweed.htm
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009 04:30:26 PM »

I've been doing the hoe hoe thing (my mother has been asking if I make good money hoeing ....) a couple of hours every day, but the bloody chickweed is so wet even on the drought-iest day its like hoeing straight wet packed clay.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009 09:43:16 PM »

hahah love it. You are prolly like me you laugh but want to strangle her because you are tired and pissed at the stupid weeds!! I feel for you.
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