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Eric Vinje

Hi Toni –

I like what you are doing here. In fact, I too prepare new garden areas in much the same way as you and your father. It’s a tried and true method, does not involve toxic chemicals, and it works! The only other technique I can think of, besides using an organic herbicide, is solarizing soil by covering it with plastic tarps. This method is often employed during the heat of summer to kill unwanted weeds, pests, disease, and fungi in the earth. Doing it in the spring probably won’t accomplish this. It just doesn’t get warm enough.

Happy gardening!