When I first started doing Back to Eden/Deep Mulch gardening, I asked experienced BTE gardeners what they liked most about the BTE method. One of the most common responses was weeding. Yes, they said they “liked weeding”. Responses noted the low amount of and ease in doing it. One gardener noted, “I absolutely love weeding! Just pull at the base and it comes up so easy, roots and all.”
My property has heavy clay soil. Among its characteristics, heavy clay soil has very small particles that bond together, making it difficult for plant roots to penetrate. Further, the clay when it dries, it turns into hard pan. Often deep, tap-rooted weeds will grow here, whether planted or not. The taproots get sealed in the hard pan or compacted clay, making weeding a challenge. Trying to pull a tap-rooted weed out of clay soil is like trying to pull one out of cement. The root breaks off, assuming you can get any out in the first place.When I saw weeds forming in early spring, after a mild winter and generous recent rains, I had the chance to find out first hand how pulling weeds in BTE worked out.
When I saw weeds forming in early spring, after a mild winter and generous recent rains, I had the chance to find out first hand how pulling weeds in BTE worked out.