Husband and I returned home last Tuesday from Brookings to a garden jungle of weeds. It rained every day we were gone, and the temperatures were quite warm, so everything grew. We weeded on Wednesday. Husband estimated we hauled about 50 pounds of weeds to the city grass clippings and weeds dumpsters,
I have never seen the utility of using a hoe to weed. It just cuts the weeds off at the top, and leaves the roots to produce the weeds again. We are hands and knees, crawl through the garden and pull the weeds up by the roots sort of gardeners. We are, however, getting older and Husband has neuropathy in his fingers from diabetes.
This year we tried a new strategy, laying down newspapers between the rows and on the edges of the beds and covering them with a layer of top soil. That really helped keep the weeds down. Husband has bought at least 30 bags of topsoil toward this endeavor, and after weeding yesterday he liberally strewed newspaper and dirt in all the places he hadn’t before. It was a real pleasure to gaze at the garden yesterday and see nary a weed.
What is your favorite garden tool? What special satisfaction do you get from gardening?