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Lay down a thick layer of CARDBOARD in your raised garden beds to kill the grass. It is perfectly safe to use and will fully decompose, but not before killing any grass below it. They’ll also provide compost and food for worms

Heavily newspaper your garden beds before you put down mulch. Weeds cannot grow through the newspaper, and the decomposing paper feeds your soil. Best gardening tip I ever got!

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11 Ways to Kill Garden Weeds

Baking soda and weeds ... A safe way to keep weeds and grasses from growing in the cracks of your paved patios, driveways, and walkways: Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the concrete and simply sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it much less hospitable to dandelions and their friends. Try it 2x/yr, spring and fall. Site has other ways to kill weeds.

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How to Keep Your Flower Beds Weed-Free (for free!)

How to Keep Your Flower Beds Weed-Free (for free!) - Gardening Bucket


13 Weird Plants You Didn’t Know You Needed

Trachyandra: These guys are unique, snake-like plants that will bring out your inner-Medusa. Seriously, those curls are enough to give anyone hair envy. (via Plant Propaganda)

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13 poulaillers incroyables! Des idées peu communes et des plans pour vous aider!

All those times you've looked out the window at that old swing set and asked yourself, "What should I do with that?" Some fencing, a few boards, a few nails, and a few chickens, you've got yourself a chicken tractor.

Tree Stump Removal Get rid of tree stumps by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with 100% Epsom salt. Follow with water, and wait. Live stumps may take as long as a month to decay, and start to decompose all by themselves.

Spray your weeds with UNdiluted vinegar...not only will it kill them, but the plants and soil love it. Read how here, and see the before and after pictures.

Boiling water kills weeds. If you want to keep an area weed free, add some vinegar and salt to the boiling water. It won't last forever but several seasons usually

Try this old gardener technique for making new flower bed: Arrange a garden hose in an attractive shape, where you want your bed. Weed whack all the grass, but pull the very aggressive weeds out. Layer 6-8 sheets of wet newspaper (no glossy ads) inside the hose area. Overlap edges. Cover with 4-6 inches chopped leaves. Leaf mulch from a garden center works well. Fall is the best time to do this. Next spring the paper has decomposed and you are left w/ loose, airy soil, making planting…

Put the newspaper over the dirt 3-4 pages thick and then covered it with mulch. The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. Its green, its cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

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Beyond Prepping with DIY Facial Wipes

A handy vegetable planting calendar and useful guide to growing vegetables for beginners, perfect for those new to vegetable gardening & allotment holders!

Raspberry plants. Start off with 18" between plants & they will spread over time. That's why it's good to have it contained in a raised bed.

Easy homemade garden / plant markers using stones. Longer lasting, re-useable, and adds pops of color to your garden! Sarah - you should make these!