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Saving Money in the Garden – Weed Control

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money on your groceries – not only that it gets you out into the sunshine and fresh air, gives you exercise and gives you something to do (so your less likely to be thinking about going shopping).  However, if you’re not careful, gardening can also be a money-waster.

For instance, when it comes to weed control, herbicide treatments can be $20 or more.  For me it’s not just a money issue, it’s that little voice in the back of my head that says “is this really all that good for the environment – not to mention my health?”

Here are two tried and tested solutions to weed control:

1. Pull them out by hand (no I’m not being smart, it not only gives you exercise but regular weeding is a much more eco-friendly, frugal way of keeping the weeds down.)

However, should you have so many weeds you don’t know where to start (or your back is playing up), here is a surefire winner for weed control:

2. Boiling Water – when my grandmother had boiled the kettle for a cup of tea, she should walk out to the garden with the remainder of the kettle and pour it on any weeds that had come up through the pavers.  It causes instant death – faster than any herbicide ever could.  And what could be more eco-friendly than water?  Just remember, the water has to be boiling, which also means that you should ensure that children are nowhere near you and be very careful not to spill it on yourself.  Another word of caution – it will kill whatever it touches, so keep it away from any plants you want to keep.

So, you can spend $20 plus on a herbicide made up of a cocktail of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce – or you can boil the kettle!

God bless Grandmothers – they sure know their stuff.

P.S.  Am about to trial an eco-friendly concoction for controlling caterpillars involving garlic, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar – will let you know how that one turns out.

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