Dean Moriarty wrote:My garden is a mess with weeds. I tilled it before planting, then weeded again in early June so that there were absolutely no weeds around my garden plants. Then I added straw mulch to keep the soil cool and moist, and the weeds suppressed.
Unfortunately, weeds have come and overtaken everything. I've got foot tall grasses, 6 inch thorn brush, and all kinds of stuff in between. My corn and beans are completely choked out, and so now I'm mostly just trying to keep my tomatoes and squash happy. Is there anything I can do to weed after I've mulched with straw? A hoe seems like it will make a mess of things, plus the weeds are past the point of hoeing, if I were to guess. I'm only on my second year of gardening, so I'm hoping there's a trick I'm just not aware of. Otherwise, I think this will be my last year of straw mulching.