Yes. Chemistry and chemical engineering. This science has evolved greatly in the past 50 years. We were first alerted to its indiscriminate use in serious efforts to control everything and anything that threatened the outcome of our crops. Today there are many chemicals that, when used properly, are less likely to cause harm to humans, animals and the environment than some ecological techniques and processes.
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” ~Doug Larson
Serious Weed Control
If you are serious about vegetable gardening and want to grow them every year, and enjoy your harvest with the least possible physical strain, there are things you can do to make the effort enjoyable. Like any serious endeavor it may require a monetary investment over and above what you shelled out for the basic materials.
If you’ve made the initial investment in soil and seed, plants and fertilizer and selected a plot your going to grow your garden on, then why not take it a few steps farther and rent or invest in a good efficient and reliable mechanized plow such as a roto-tiller to help you get your soil ready for planting. Even if you purchase a used or reconditioned one the cost of it will be returned to you in abundance at harvest time for as long as you own it.
No. I don’t sell roto-tillers, but I know that weeds keep growing back and controlling them is a lot of work that is made easy by the use of a good roto-tiller, or what is more properly called a mechanized plow. With the right attachments. a machine such as this can practically assure you of proper soil preparation and maintenance. This type of soil churning can prepare your soil and help to greatly reduce the weed problems before they exist.
Another way is pre-treatment, such as putting down of a pre–germinating herbicide that can help weeds from ever developing. Just make sure you get the right one. You don’t want one that will adversely affect your vegetable seeds or transplants. Selecting the proper seeds will also help. Try to start with some fast growing shading vegetables with big leaves, like Swiss Chard, Collards or Rhubarb, that will block some of the sunlight that weeds need to develop. Plant them according to the depth charts and give them enough water and fertilizer to get a head start against the weeds. Other natural covers that will help suppress weeds are manure, bark chips, sawdust and leaves. Even with all this preparation you may still get a few. Grab them up early and its still worth the effort.
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Select Plants with Double DutyIncorporating
Opt for plants that deliver on both aesthetic and functional fronts, such as lavender or nasturtiums. The lavender adds purple hues and a delightful fragrance, while nasturtiums are not only colorful but also offer edible blossoms. These types of flora epitomize the essence of an edible, functional garden.
Embrace the Art of Design
Incorporating the art of design into your edible landscape allows for a visually rich and practical garden. Experimenting with diverse elements, such as contrasting the fine leaves of dill against the broad foliage of kale, creates an eye-catching tableau that is also ripe for harvesting. With this artistic approach, your edible landscape becomes not just a source of food but a feast for the eyes as well.
Show Off Your Work
Once you’ve crafted your edible landscape, why not show it off? Especially if others are interested in learning more about what you do, hosting a get-together could be a great idea to share information and foster a deeper sense of community. You can even take things up a notch by sending out invitations; use this free invitation maker to stand out and make everyone feel welcome!Thoughtful Clusterings
Adopt a methodical approach to your edible landscape by clustering plants based on their requirements for water and sunlight. Basil and tomatoes are a good pair to grow together, as both thrive in sunnier spots. Through such thoughtful clusterings, each plant enjoys its optimal environment, contributing to a garden that is both lush and fruitful.
Share and Profit from Your Experience
Launching a YouTube channel to share your edible landscaping journey can be both educational for others and profitable for you. Consider making your venture more official by registering an LLC in your respective state. The benefits of establishing an LLC for your venture are manifold. Limited liability shields your personal assets, tax advantages can be substantial, there's generally less paperwork involved compared to other structures, and the operational flexibility allows you to adapt as your business grows. This confluence of benefits makes an LLC an ideal option for turning your passion into a thriving enterprise.
A Space for Mindful Livingfunctional furniture like a bench or hammock takes your edible landscape from merely practical to invitingly livable. These additions offer a place for you to unwind, turning your garden into a tranquil oasis for mindful living. Beyond enhancing your immediate experience, this strategy also adds tangible value to your property. Ultimately, it transforms your edible landscape into both a sanctuary for personal rejuvenation and a wise financial investment.
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