Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:12
Well, we did dig over our former cow pasture to remove major weeds and then we covered it with black plastic for a year but such is its fertility and its proximity to neighbouring pasture that thistes, nettles, couch grass and creeping buttercup just laughed at us and came back.
They now get nuked or forked out depending on location and surrounding plants but I can guarantee that just a few weeks later there will be nettles and couch grass and creeping buttercup coming back and fresh crops of groundsel and bittercress and dandelions.
It's a constant battle as they grow faster than so called ground cover, weed suppressing perennials. Makes for a lot of compost though and that goes on the veggie beds and new beds. We never dig the raised beds. At best the, ones along the boundary get forked over to remove couch grass before I plant up in spring.