Organic gardening – weed control

The boon and the bane in organic gardening is the weed/pest control.

Bane in terms of time consuming task of weeding, Him and her spending many sunny weekends bent over the garden plot.
But worth its while and more rewarding is when efforts bear fruits ( or rather -vegetables).
As part of square foot gardening,  draft planning was done to figure out the rows/squares to be cleared with priority.
Also, once the seeds were sown and the saplings say hello, theres another round of exercise that the garden ensures. Weeds grew faster than the plants that were tended to!!
Here, this pic might help to speak a few words about the weekend afternoons….Well,  for Him and Her, it was music, sweat, exercise for the body and more time together.IMG_5552

Raised bed project

While the garden plot was being prepped, Him and Her decided on having a raised bed garden in the space at home.

Project started by a visit to nearest Lowes, where we were helped by a gracious attendant. He told us about the type of wood to go for – Cedar an optimal choice. We learnt that Cedar wood is very weather resistant. He even helped cutting out the wood for ease of putting together the raised bed.

To add color to the activity, Her plan was to paint it red…literally. A spray paint and mask and an hour on a sunny weekend morning helped.

The project then went into design phase with Him getting out the paraphernalia to measure out and mark and cut out details and points where to joints need to be stapled together,

The four Cedar blocks were stapled together with some reinforcement wooden blocks at the points where they joined. A weed barrier cloth was used to make a base and the edges of the cloth was carefully stretched out and stapled alongside.

A bag of soil was poured into the ready box once it was positioned into place. Using the Square foot gardening techniques for efficiency, Him and Her marked 8 squares using threads across the length and breadth of the 4feet by feet box.

 

The seeds that went in were:

Basil

Coriander

Dill

Chili

Mint