For those of you with garden patches what do you do for weed control? I’ve heard about salting at anytime or preemergent Roundup for the early grasses. I battle with grasses mid season and beyond. This year it looks especially bad.
I’ll be picking my First meal from the garden today
Checked some roadside hotspots, came home with 2lbs.
Every year I add a bunch of the seeds to my bed. I agree you should separate the seed from the berry part, crush them and soak in water for awhile then pick them out. What has worked good for me and very easy is I poke a hole in the ground with a broom stick about a foot deep. Drop a seed or two in each hole and add a little water, That's it, don't fill the hole in with dirt. The seedling will grow and come right up out of the hole. Eventually the hole will fill in by itself and the root has a nice deep start.
try to dry them out, and separate by hand. they are very difficult to dry out. even after a year they can still be moist and gooey. Some time you can try to crush the berries in water to separate. I take a flat and fill it and sprinkle them in and cover with 1/4 inch of soil half natural and half potting soil. it might take a couple months for them to sprout. then you can cut out small squares like brownies and plant them in small clumps.
First 2 spears poked through the ground this morning
Picked about 4 lbs this weekend
I picked four nice spears this morning also. .will go good with dinner tomorrow
Tilling mainly keeps the weeds down. Want a bigger patch? Plant more plants. Take care of them. Mulch and preen in spring. Little bit of lime. Fertilize 2 to 3 times a year. Keep it watered even after you are finished picking for season. I would save the seeds from the berries and plant them then add them to my patch after 3 years. Also check around base of existing plants for seedlings. Replant in a row and baby them, them add to patch in 2 to 3 years.
Any thoughts on how to get a patch to expand? I heard you could till it, and this would help spread the roots????