Commercial herbicides come with plenty of danger. They’re poisonous chemicals, which means they’re not particularly good for you.
They’re not particularly good for your flowers or vegetables, either. Herbicides can’t really distinguish between one type of plant and another. You’re just hoping your mature plants can take it while the weeds die young.
There are other options, however, and one of those options is to use a home made, organic weed killer. Common household vinegar can be a very effective weed killer, especially when it is mixed with a little salt and detergent.
You’ll find two different vinegar herbicide recipes here.
Cornmeal provides another solution, so long as the plants that you want have already sprouted. It keeps other seeds – weed seeds – from germinating.
Cornmeal also feeds the worms, which means you get nicely aerated soil. No aeration tool required!
Mulch, of course, is a natural weed deterrent as well. It’s also useful for winterizing your garden as it keeps the soil at steady temperatures throughout the winter.
Finally, good old fashioned weeding is perfectly organic. It may not be as easy as a spray, but there’s something rather visceral, even fun, about getting down in the dirt to tend your flowers and your vegetables. Of course, this requires you to be familiar enough with the plants in your garden to avoid pulling up the ones you actually want!
Organic gardening can be an incredibly rewarding venture. There are still fall plants to tend, so why not give it a try? If something goes wrong the winter will be around to sweep your work away soon enough, and you can try something else in the spring. But you may just be pleasantly surprised.
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