Maintain a Weedless Organic Garden

The keys to a weedless organic garden are limited tilling, permanent beds and paths, organic mulch and drip irrigation.

Weedless Garden
Permanent paths and beds keep garden soil from becoming compacted under foot.
Oats Cover Crop
A fall-sown cover crop of oats will winterkill in many regions, leaving a mulch of dead leaves to either set transplants into or rake off so you can sow spring seeds.
Grass Clippings Mulch
Keep grass at bay by cutting a 6-inch-wide buffer zone around garden beds.
Weed Free Garden
Grass clippings are a nutrient-rich choice for organic mulch.
Blueberry Bush
Blueberry bushes are a perfect candidate for drip irrigation, since they have shallow root systems.
Cover Crops Prevent Weeds
Grow cover crops in early autumn to replenish your soil after the main growing season. By using frost-tolerant, cool-season varieties, the plants will grow until the soil freezes ­— this photo was taken in the author’s New York garden in November.
Winged Weeder
This Winged Weeder hoe removes young weeds with a push-pull slicing action.
Vinegar Herbicide
Use vinegar as a homemade organic herbicide to kill back grass and weeds, and keep them from encroaching on your garden.
Perfect Garden
Drip irrigation lines let you water just your crops, rather than neighboring paths.

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