Weedless Gardening

Weedless Gardening

Book - 2001
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Conventional wisdom says to garden from the bottom up, turning over the soil every spring until your back aches. Ironically, this does such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized (and easily used up) nutrients. Mother nature, on the other hand, gardens from the top down-layering undisturbed soil with leaves and other organic materials. In following this example and synthesizing the work of other perceptive gardeners, Lee Reich presents a compelling new system called weedless gardening.

The Weedless Garden is good for plants and it's good for people. It protects the soil, contributes to plant health, reduces water needs, cuts down on a gardener's labor, encourages earthworms and, of course, mitigates weed problems by keeping the seeds dormant. Four basic tenets form the system's backbone-minimize soil disruption; protect soil surface; avoid soil compaction; use drip irrigation-and the way to get there is simple. For a new bed or established garden, layering is key, and the perfect material to use is also among the most common-newspaper. Add organic mulch and compost on top, and plants are growing in rich, self-generating humus. From vegetable gardening to flower gardens to planting trees, shrubs, and vines, The Weedless Garden works everywhere-allowing the gardener to work quite a bit less.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2001.
ISBN: 9780761116967
Branch Call Number: 635.0481 Rei 3701 1
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Hill, Michael A.


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JCLJoyceM May 12, 2019

I wish I'd read this book last summer before undertaking a rain garden. I am incorporating his methods into future planting and maintenance. It is hard to resist yanking out weeds by the roots.

Feb 05, 2018

I just checked this out again! I like the short and humorous writing style. The suggestions are backed up with science AND experience and it makes a lot of sense to me. The methods fit with my world-view and what I have been doing (not tilling my vegi garden). The basic premise is to disturb the soil as little as possible, add nutrients to the top layer, and keep plants close together. I am also looking forward to improving my garden layout using suggestions from the book.

Apr 17, 2014

One of my "go to" gardening books. Clear, concise, logical book about top down gardening. Topic include easy garden maintanence, cover crops, drip irrigation, composting, mulching, etc. Love this book. Love the ease of the gardening methods.

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