Do you have a garden? If yes, it’s probably full of colorful flowers and aromatic herbs. We have another question for you. How do you get rid of all the weeds?
Sorrel, clover, crabgrass and other weeds like to invade beautiful gardens, and there are some people who think that every weed in their garden is a beneficial plant. It’s not.
Moreover, some weeds can destroy your precious plants. Learn to make a difference between good and bad weeds.
These grow in every part of this world, and prefer lawns. Well, you can add dandelion leaves to your salads instead of arugula, and they are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Dandelion roots are packed with inulin and levulin, known for their ability to normalize blood sugar levels. Taraxacin enhances digestion. You can use the roots to treat urinary tract issues and liver malfunction.
Chickweed goes by the name satin flower or starwort. It grows in North America as land weed. Well, this weed has strong anti-inflammatory effect.
Brew its leaves, and drink the tea to treat ulcers and bladder infection. You can also use them in a healing salve to treat psoriasis, eczema and other skin issues.
Plantain weed is edible, and offers similar nutritional value like dandelions. Young leaves taste better than the large ones, and you can cook them in olive oil to get that distinctive asparagus-like taste. Blend the leaves into a slave, and use it to heal cuts.
4. Stinging nettles
The only problem with this weed lies in its name. You can’t touch them without gloves. I mean, you can, but you shouldn’t. Turn your nettles into tea or steam/boil the leaves.
The needles will fall off, and you can prepare them any way you want. Nettles is rich in magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and silica. Believe it or not, it has more protein than most plants.
You can eat every bit of it raw or sautéed. Purslane is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids and minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
But, make sure you don’t use spurge instead of purslane. Spurge is thinner and has milk sap in it. Be careful!
Red clover is the most popular kind due to its great nutritional profile. It contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, chromium, niacin, potassium, phosphorus and thiamin, and people like it for its isoflavones.
These are water-soluble compounds that have a similar function as estrogens. You can use it to treat hot flashes and PMS or to lower your risk of osteoporosis and improve your blood circulation. Let’s not forget that its pink flowers look amazing!
Always consult an expert before you eat a weed. You can get the best advice from botanists and herbalists. Have you ever been on a “weed walk?”
When it comes to weed you should never ever use, you better learn how to get rid of them without using pesticides and other chemical-packed products.
11 great chemical-free ways to remove garden weeds
1. Pull them out
A simple yet great idea. Make sure you pull the weed when the soil is moist to make sure you get all of it out. Don’t forget to put your gloves on! Turn the weeds you pick out into compost pile. Smart, right?
2. Suffocate the weed
All you need is old newspapers and garden mulch. Cover the weed with the newspaper, and put mulch on top of it. Weeds need sun, and in this way they won’t get any.
3. Use homemade herbicide
No, you shouldn’t use chemicals. But you can combine 2 cups of white vinegar, a half cup of salt and some dish soap.
Spray the weeds, and try not to touch the veggies and other plants. If the salt is clogging your spray bottle, use equal parts of vinegar and water.
4. Scald the weed
Use boiling water (from your potatoes or pasta) on the weed. Pour it on the affected area right after you turn off the heat.
Be careful, you don’t want to burn yourself, and keep the kids and pets out of the way. Don’t use hot water on garden beds as it will destroy the soil and destroy anything on its way.
5. Sprinkle some salt
Use salt on areas you want clean. Forever. Keep in mind that salt may damage concrete.
6. Burn the weed!
Blowtorches, propane powered weed scorcher and anything similar would work for this. Avoid areas with dry grass. All you have to do is run a hot flame over the weed.
7. Crowd the weed out
Get ground covering plants for shade and sun in order to prevent the weed from getting its essentials. According to researchers from Cornell University, you can use:
- Emerald blue moss phlox (phlox subulata)
- Thriller lady’s mantle (alchemilla mollis)
- Walker’s low catmint (nepeta x faassenii)
- Golden fleece dwarf goldenrod (solidago sphacelata)
- Albiflorus creeping thyme (thymus praecox)
- Herman’s pride false lamium (lamiastrum galeobdolon)
- Majestic lilyturf (liriope)
8. Plan and solarize your beds
Solarize your empty garden beds in summer to remove any weeds. In this way you will have them ready for the next season. This will also help you eliminate any soil-borne diseases and garden pests.
Till and rake the soil of debris. Dig an eight-inch trench around the edges. Put plastic over the bed and tuck the edges in the trench. Re-fill the trench with soil.
Leave it like this for about two months. Remove the plastic, till the soil again, and add compost or fertilizer. Your bed is ready for autumn planting.
9. Oil eradication
Never ever use diesel oil, gasoline or anything like that. Buy cheap vegetable oil. It offers natural herbicide and pesticide effect.
Essential oils can help you get rid of weeds. Use summer savory, cinnamon and red thyme. Dribble some of the oil on the weed. That’s all.
10. Let the chickens will do the job for you
Chickens will give you fresh eggs and scavenge the garden. They like to pluck growing weeds and the seeds. Let the chicks run across the garden to clean it.
11. Corn gluten
It’s a natural byproduct of the production of corn meal. Nitrogen in corn gluten will feed the soil and won’t harm existing plants.
But it will stop the seeds from growing into a weed. Spread it around your plants, after planting the seedlings and transplants. Spread another layer after the harvest.