Controlling weeds successfully is largely a matter of proper timing and persistence. Weeds are easiest to control if you cultivate just as seeds are germinating, before young seedlings become established. At this stage, stirring the top 1 or 2 inches of soil so that it dries out rapidly generally gives good weed control. Repeat this shallow cultivation at least once each week before weeds get started and as soon as the soil is dry enough to work after each rain.
Do not let weeds go to seed in or near the garden. Put weeds in the compost pile while still green, before seeds have developed. Temperatures within a good compost pile should be high enough to kill most weed seeds.
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