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Winning the battle of the weeds

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Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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A stepping stone path runs through this bed in Judith’s garden in Goshen. Beneath the path a layer of newspaper and bark mulch deters the weeds, while on either side the plant leaves just touch one another to naturally shade the soil. Photo / Dick Conrad

Surely weeds are some of nature’s greatest opportunists.

They appear spontaneously in places where other plants would not stand a chance, such as in disturbed soil or along the dry salty edges of Vermont’s beloved dirt roads.

And in our gardens? Within weeks of making our beds all tidy and seemingly weed-free, new weeds just pop up uninvited!

How does this happen?

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