What can I use in my garden to control weeds

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Plants are already growing: kale, onions,mustards,tomatoes peppers,Bush beans.
Garden is a raised bed. Live in illinois

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  • Suzette Suzette on Jul 04, 2018

    Hi Jan, Here's a video with natural weed control that may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sti8gT5BXp8


    Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 04, 2018
    I use Preen Weed Preventer after I plant, when the garden is already cleaned of weeds. This will help prevent the weed seeds from germinating and is safe for what has been planted, be they seeds or plants. Putting down two to three inches of mulch, a little less right at the plant base, will help prevent weeds and keep the moisture in the soil. My seeding time is spent keeping the root born weeds at bay and the tree seeds that have sprouted, and that isn't really much time at all if done at least weekly. It is safe to put down the Preen Weed Preventer at any time in your growing season, just try to keep it out of the leaves of your greens.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018
    You'll have to pull by hand. Next year, place black plastic over the planting area, 30 days in advance, and let solar energy kill the weed seeds. Lay down soaker hoses, attached to your spigot, with a water sensor and timer. Make "x" cuts in the plastic where you want plants, and poke some holes for heat release. After inserting fertilizer, water, and plant, close the "X" with small rocks, to keep them in place.

  • Tessa Tessa on Jul 04, 2018
    I pull the weeds then cover the ground with a good 1-2 inches of newspaper & mulch over top of that. The newspaper ink won't hurt plants, as it's made of soybean oil. You may need to repeat this in a few years, as each will slowly biodegrade. When you plant, cut out circles, not X's, as a lot of times the X flaps end up coming out from where they were tucked in & cover the ground too close to the plant, blocking it from needed sunlight, etc (I was told this from a Master Gardener).