posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 02:53 PM
As for the weeds. If you have a bad back, I would go with the kid up the street. Once you have them overrunning you, your only real hope is to
uproot them. I add mine to my compost bin.
Raised beds next year would be the way to go. For starters, you have dirt that is seed free when you start, yes, you will still get weeds, lousy
wind, but it will be alot simplier. Remember to lay down some type of plastic or black gardening paper before you fill with dirt. You would be
amazed how much dirt a blade of grass can grow through. Also, when you do need to weed or harvest, everything is up higher so you do less bending.
Ants. I dont have an ant problem, but aphids tend to visit often. Buy a spray bottle, grind up your favorite dry hot pepper into a dust (I use
habeneros) and spray your plants weekly, or after a rain. One would guess if the pepper stops aphids, it likely will repel ants.
Someone mentioned slugs. I dont have them here, but in other gardens I have had, the best remedy for these things was a tuna can burried in the dirt
next to the plants. Make it so it is level with the ground, and pour some cheap beer into it. Slugs like getting drunk I guess. The crawl in, and
cant get out.