hey Garry, is that the same as Nigerian Quail Grass? Can’t get rid of that stuff…
Funny you are talkng about potatoes. We put up our whole potato harvest today. I think Erika is making MRE mashed potatoes.
And I’ll throw my opinion in here about cardboard mulch. It’s a great way to go. Only draw back is that you will harvest some of the plastic tape in later years, but that’s not a big deal. It will choke out weeds and disappear into the soil. In fact, that’s how we make new ground into garden space.
Mow grass very short, put a layer of hot manure on, cover with 2-5 layers of cardboard, bury with 6-15 inches of sawdust, wood chips, leaves, hay etc. and leave it for several months. In about 7-9 months if will be a thick layer of black dirt “potting soil”. Let the worms do the work.
Garry, there are a few species of grass here that will grow through any amount of cardboard. Not sure where they came from. But mostly it takes care of it.
We have hog weed, dancing weed, pig weed…all the “amaranths” but several years ago I got into a species called Nigerian Quail grass that has been eating my lunch ever since. Plenty of greens to eat if you get it started. Each plant makes about a bazillion little tiny hardy seeds. Every one of those will sprout next year…Hard to get rid of…
As for coming clean on gardens…We harvested most things last week and are prepping for our fall garden now.
And there are a couple of our favorite summer garden pets. They are very spoiled spiders as my oldest son likes to feed them every morning by catching insects int he garden and putting them int he webs.
I don’t like to pull weeds. a black tarp will kill them pretty quickly and the we can plant again without tilling. A little hard on some of the microbes, but they seem to do alright anyway.