We just finished planting our veggie garden for this year. We try to be as organic as possible in growing our own fruits and vegetables. Our town has a small nursery that has been here for over 50 years and they always give me great advice!
I was talking to them about organic gardening and how last year I had a problem with weeds. Their expert advice was this, "DO NOT buy expensive organic weed control products, but rather shred a regular old newspaper (luckily we have a paper shredder)! Spread a few inches of the shredded paper over the top of the soil, turn it into the soil and water it well. Then just plant the veggies as normal. He said that something in the newspaper and it's print doesn't allow weeds to germinate/grow. He said if we did this at the beginning of each season, we would have very few weeds the entire year.
After turning a few inches of shredded paper into the soil, we planted tomatoes, cucumbers, green bunching onions (chives), cilantro, basil, zucchini, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe and kale.
We watered everything well and now I can't wait to have fresh home grown fruits and veggies!
The strawberries on the lower level we had already planted prior to the newspaper trick... so now I'll be comparing the amount of weeds in the bottom, around the strawberries) to the top. I am hopeful that the newpaper trick will control the weeds. Assuming it will, I will be sure to put the shredded paper into all of our garden areas next time :)
In a few weeks I will update you on how our fruit and veggie garden is doing/producing and how our weed control is going.
Happy decorating and happy gardening!