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How to stop weeds from growing in vegetable garden

Cover crops really help eliminate weeds over time by protecting bare soil over the late fall, winter and early spring months. See : Cover Crops and Weeds

Not only does a weed-free garden lead to a healthier and more productive garden, it is also a more enjoyable garden. And after all, isn’t that what every gardener wants?

Tilling your soil is like planting a garden full of weeds. With every turn of the blades, weed seeds are finding a home underneath the soil. All to become the next wave of weeds you need to deal with.

By simply eliminating those weed promoting practices, and employing a few additional time and labor saving methods, your weeding problems can and will be a thing of the past.

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This is the biggest time saving and weed free garden tip ever! Plain and simple, a rototiller causes far more harm than good. Both in creating weeds, and destroying your soil over time.

Uncovered soil in the garden is an open invitation for weeds to take over. Weed seeds are spread by the wind and by birds and pests, but keeping the soil covered can keep them from germinating.

Keeping the soil covered at all times is the key to less weeds, less work, and better soil. Straw, grass clippings and shredded leaves are all excellent garden mulches.

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This eliminates ever having to till the garden. The hardwood mulch keeps the walking rows clear and weed free year round. And the mulch in the growing rows keeps weeds out during the garden season.

Our test gardens here at Old World Garden farms are a testament to that fact. Many visitors to the farm are surprised we spend an extremely small portion of our time keeping the 40 x 60 vegetable garden weed free. As in less than 5 minutes a day in the summer!

How to stop weeds from growing in vegetable garden

Inorganic Mulches: Inorganic mulches are synthetic and can be divided into black plastic and the newer geotextiles. Black plastic, a solid sheet of polyethylene, effectively controls annual weeds. The disadvantage of black plastic is that water and oxygen cannot pass through this material. The soil should be moist prior to laying this synthetic material. Check the soil under black plastic during the growing season to ensure that the soil contains adequate moisture. Black plastic warms the soil, which is an advantage in the spring but can be harmful in the summer.

Some gardeners experiment with various types of no-till gardening to prevent erosion and moisture loss. One method is to plant a fall cover crop and then kill it with a postemergence herbicide, such as glyphosate. Vegetables can then be planted in the killed sod after a waiting period. Another alternative is the use of a mowed, living sod.


Common summer annual grasses include large crabgrass, goosegrass and giant foxtail. Annual grasses are easy to control if appropriate measures are taken early in the growing season but can quickly become a severe problem if not controlled when small. Large crabgrass, for example, will root into the soil at the places where the nodes of the stem contact soil, allowing this plant to quickly cover open ground. The fibrous root system of grasses makes them more difficult to pull out of the ground.

Common summer annual broadleaf weeds include smooth pigweed, common lambsquarters, purslane, galinsoga, common ragweed and tall morningglory. When controlling purslane through hoeing, remove all stems from the garden because purslane can reroot if allowed to remain on the soil surface due to the thick, succulent stem that can survive a period of drought. Galinsoga is often called quickweed, perhaps because it develops quickly and flowers while still a small plant. It seems that most gardens contain purslane, galinsoga or both. Small-seeded broadleaf weeds like pigweed are easier to control than large-seeded broadleaf weeds like morningglory. Larger-seeded weeds can germinate from a greater soil depth and can push through a shallow layer of mulch.

Chemical Control

The new geotextiles, also called weed barriers, are woven or spun-bonded fabrics containing polypropylene or polyester and may come in black or white. These fabrics are more expensive than black plastic, but they allow water and gases to pass through the fabric. Research generally indicates good control of annual weeds, but annual weeds may be able to germinate above the fabric and send their roots through the fabric. Certain weeds, such as large crabgrass, are able to germinate below these fabrics and push their shoots through holes in the material. Perennial weeds may also push through these fabrics.

How to stop weeds from growing in vegetable garden

I’m sure there are better things all of us could be doing besides weeding our gardens.

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Road base is not a good idea as it has undesirable chemicals in it and gravel often changes the PH. An organic mulch is a much better choice. If you try a few precautions before you plant, and then mulch you have a much better chance of staying ahead of the weeds.


The key to controlling garden weeds is planning! You can’t wait until the weeds start popping up to think about what you are going to do about them.