Weed control

You walk towards the garden, with the chickens in mind you swing open the gate and be sure to close it behind you. You take the normal path, but something is different. Right in the middle of your way, there stands a giant weed! Sure you could just walk over it, but you want to get rid of it before it spreads.  Squating down, you place your fingers around it and yank with all you might. “Pop”! It brakes away from its firm, strong roots. “Great the roots are still there!” You sigh. You don’t want to go buy that nasty weed killer frothe store, So you go grab your own!

Dry or liquid molasses can be used to kill off hard to control weeds.  The dry product is used at 20 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. as a fertilizer and fire ant repellant. Doubling that rate causes an herbicidal effect on certain weeds. Liquid molasses used at about a cup per gallon of water kills even the hardest-to-get-rid-of weeds! You should be cautious though, it could very easily kill off any seedlings, as well as sunflowers, beans, peas, and many herbs.

If you have large areas of weeds that you want to get rid of, the first recipe is for you. It does take a few moments of preparation time, but it will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with. Care must be taken to spray only the weeds you want to kill, avoiding spraying lawns and flowers.

1 gallon distilled vinegar

1-cup household salt

1 tbsp. dish detergent

Spray bottle

Directions: Mix all ingredients in large kettle and heat over medium heat until the salt is completely dissolved. It is not necessary to boil the solution.

Set aside to cool.

Once the vinegar solution has cooled, pour it into a spray bottle.

If you only have a few pesky weeds to get rid of, and want to make a quick recipe then this one is definitely for you!

1 tbsp. hot sauce

1 tbsp. cider vinegar

1 tsp. dish detergent

1 quart water

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and pour into a spray bottle.

The down side of this is both weed killer recipes will kill any vegetation they contact. Be careful to spray only the weeds you want to kill and not your precious veggies, herbs, and fruit.

These are especially well suited for killing those annoying weeds that spring up in walkways or around foundations and decks.


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