Tamme, the easiest way to handle weeds is to cover the area with newpapers or cardboard and then a mulch on top. I use straw and or leaves. It's best if you can leave it on over a winter, but it can get rid of a lot of weeds in a months time. And yes, I do plant a garden. RBG stands for ratherbgardening, so does that tell you I'm an addict? I just shortened it here, since it doesn't exactly fit in a cat forum.
I've gardened most of my life and I've been around a few decades now. I do it all organically, because, like I tell most people who critcize me for it, I like to see my frogs with all their intended body parts, no extras or none missing. But the only drawback is that neighbors pets all like coming to my yard!
I live near Hissy, a gardeners paradise. We have a nice growing season, with the exception of a few wet summers.
I grow tomatoes, lettuces, spinach, broccoli, sweet peppers, beets, kale, corn, peas,asparagus , artichoke,blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, peaches, almonds, cherries, figs, paw paws (no fruit yet), aronia berry (new this year), and a few other odds and ends. Plus some of the wild foods in our wooded area; thimble berries, nettles, strawberries (which the critters get most of), and blackberries. I've collected various trees and shrubs and perrenials, some of which the deer help prune, especially the roses. But in spite of that long list, it still is a work in progress with a lot of bare spots. I have a lot of weeds to contend with which trys my patience. There is a never ending supply, so I no longer till, becuase that just brings up more weed seed, plus it destroys the soil life which I've learned is very important to plant health an it helps cut down on fertilzer use. I use a lot of paper and straw for mulch and weed prevention and for building up the organic matter in the soil, then the worms carry it deeper into the soil, therefor eliminating the need for tilling since they work it and do a much better job. So we'll be selling the tillers. I try not to walk on the beds also, because that compacts the soil. I hope to get my garden soil as good as the soil in the forest, which has had mulch breaking down in it for many years.
Any way, gardening is my passion (as if you can't tell now!), my therapy, and something I love to share with others. I started my kids in gardening when they were about 2, but my 15 year old doesn't care for it much now and my 9 year old still does. But they have learned from me and can pick it up later in their lives and be familiar with it.
I do some composting. I was loading some up yesterday and I was about to dump one shovel full into the cart when I noticed something pink on top of it. On closer examination I saw that it was a baby mouse! I felt so bad (ya, I'm a softie). Then I found 2 others. So I put them back, hoping their mother would find them. One was rooting around when I move him. Their eyes are still shut, so they didn't know I wasn't their mother. Poor little guys!
Well, I could go on and on, but I won't bore you any more!!:tounge2:
Go to gardenweb.com to learn a lot about gardening. They have forums on just about anything to do with gardening. The soil, compost, and mulch forum is a good place to start, because that's the most important part of the garden.
Thanks for starting this thread and getting my mind off the war for a while!