Daddy B bought me two 4×8 raised garden beds for Mother’s Day… SO exciting! I decided to put them against our side fence, even though I’d started the garden along the back fence, because when the trees bloomed they were shading my garden. Arg. I am going to keep the current garden in place for now, but then I’ll have these along the side of the fence as well. Yay for lots of veggies and fruits this year!
We had some sod and then some long grass/weeds along the fence to dig up. We started by digging up all the sod in that area and placing it in other areas that needed it. Then we used our manual rototiller to till the soil. There was still some grass/weed along the fence and it was too hard to get them up by tilling. I checked out this site and decided to do a few of the things to kill weeds in my yard:
- Pickle Juice (because I had some to use)
- Water and Vinegar Mix
- Boiling Water
- Put down cardboard (plain brown) under the raised beds
- Laid down newspaper, wetted down, over the cardboard.
Step 1: Dug up the sod and then tilled the area that was grass/weeds. Poured boiling water over all the remaining grass/weeds. I think I needed about 6-8 full pots of boiling water for the whole area. I also tossed some pickle juice on some of the weeds and used a vinegar/water (50/50) mix. Is there such thing as overkill? Haha. I figure, hey it’s natural.
Step 2: Laid down cardboard, then laid the raised beds on top of it. Put newspaper on top of that and wet it down with water.