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Ligaya gardening tips #3 The weeds are in hot water

We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with minimal effort.

Here’s this week’s…

This is the time when leafy green weeds start popping up around Gawler in abundance. Most can simply be pulled up and fed to the chickens but if you have any on prized paths or don’t have chickens yet, one of the most environmentally friendly, cheap and readily available way to get rid of weeds while there small is plain, every day boiling water.

All you do is boil a kettle of water, carry it carefully to the garden and pour it over the plants you want to get rid of. Hot stuff!

Just hot water from the kettle...
Just hot water from the kettle…

You’ll soon get the hang of how much to pour onto each type of plant to do the most damage. All I do is boil a full kettle when I’m making breakfast, use what I need for my cup of tea and then the rest goes on the garden.

You’ll find that it works better on some types of plants than others. Soft plants like Oxalis just wilt away to a brown mush while some grasses are made of tougher stuff and continue on unaffected.

Soursobs and hot water weedicide
Soursobs hate having a hot bath

Of course, with some plants, especially the very mature or deep rooted, you are only killing off the above ground growth, but if you get your weeds early like I do, hot, hot water is a cheap, toxin free (unless you count the fluoride!) and on tap…literally.

Some broad leaved plants are unaffected
Some broad leaved plants are unaffected

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