This is my favorite way to deal with weeds when the season begins—no uprooting required! It saves you time and also increases worm activity in your soil so that if you do eventually want to work the soil, it is soft and pliable. You will need a lot of cardboard, which you can often get for free at bike shops, grocery stores, and random Dumpsters near you. Alternatively, you can use thick layers of newspapers. This method also works for planting bulbs in the fall that you want to come up weed-free in the spring, since the cardboard will have disintegrated in time. Before you start, don’t forget to eat at least a few handfuls of your delicious edible weeds before covering them! Purslane, dandelion greens, and wild garlic are some of my favorites. This, my friends, is How to Weed by Not Weeding!

How to Weed By Not Weeding:

How to Weed By Not Weeding

How to Weed By Not Weeding

Early In The Season

Early in the season, lay the cardboard over the weedy area that you want to garden, then cover the cardboard with a 6-inch layer of mulch, compost, straw, grass clippings, and the like.

How to Weed By Not Weeding

Let The Worms Do The Work For You

Now wait for the worms to do the work for you. Without light the weeds will die; in the meantime, the cardboard will begin to deteriorate. You will be able to plant right into the new bed. Check every few weeks to see if the cardboard has rotted and the soil is pliable.

Then you can get to mixing your own soil!

See how easy that is? Do you have any gardening hacks like this? Share with me in the comments below or by tagging me on social media using #ModernPioneering.

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.