Let’s start by defining clutter.
That’s what being a Rik Rak Sister is all about after all. I’m just making sure that we’re on the same page before we get to the meat of the matter.
Clutter – n. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble; a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter
That’s according to some on-line dictionary I found. But I don’t need to mince fancy vocabulary with you. Let’s get down to brass tax and say what it really means…
Clutter = all the crap that’s in your way.
Some types of clutter are more obvious and others more annoying. But have you ever thought of the weeds in your garden as clutter? The pisser is that it’s just one more area that you have to keep orderly, but instead of people creating the clutter, nature is! Now there’s a change.
Have you ever notice that weeds thrive in the hottest conditions? It’s precisely the time you don’t want to be bent over a flower bed. So let’s address how to keep up with this growing problem (pun definitely intended).
1. Pulling the Weeds
One of the most basic ways to eliminate your weeds is to simply pull them out. If this is your strategy, make sure you use a digging tool getting down to the roots. You can expect this to be a regular chore as weeds will find their way back into your garden all season. Keeping up with weeds as they come in is what I recommend here.
One of the best natural weed killers around is vinegar. No need to get fancy, you’re not making vinaigrette, plain, white, vinegar is said to work best. Apply with a small spray bottle and get all the leaves including the base. Now don’t go getting it on the plants you love, it will kill those too.
If there is an area where you don’t want anything growing back, salt water is a great way to kill off weeds and keep them from coming back. I use 1 part salt to 2 parts water. This is great for patios and sidewalks.
4. Dishwashing Liquid
Dish soap is another non-toxic weed killer that you already have on hand. Mix up some water with dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle, apply, and within a few days those aggravating aggressors will be dead!
5. Hot Water
Boil some water, make a cup of tea and then pour the rest of the water on your weeds. Sip tea and watch weeds die. Note: you may have to drink more than one cup of tea before weeds die.
I’m taking a page from my friend Big Green Head – Forget the Plastic Garden Liner – Newspaper Weeds Away. This seems to make terrific sense to me, not only is it natural, but you can catch up on some old news while you’re at it.
Just remember folks; if you don’t have it, you’ll never miss it. Live with what you need, rethink the things you want, and enjoy life to the fullest! That’s all from Me…ciao!
Find Karen at her website, www.BigGreenHead.com, and follow her humorous blog – 52 Ways to Go Green, Get Lean, or Die Trying!