Barbarians at the gate
One of my biggest problems in the garden is not simple weeds taking over the beds. Oh no, as that would be easy to remedy. Nope; my biggest problem is the meadow keeps wanting to reclaim the garden.
Gene Logsdon (whose The Contrary Farmer is a great read for anyone considering an agrarian lifestyle or even just a good read) says that good fences make lazy farmers. I think what he means here is that you shouldn’t take for granted that all fences will hold. I fenced in my vegetable garden a few years back to keep the chickens out: I hadn’t minded their raids until almost all of my Brandywine tomatoes had large peck marks in them. It was a huge irony, that I would have to put up a fence to keep domestic creatures out!
Before, on the south side
This polycarbonate fence has done wonders keeping all manner of creatures out of the garden. But it’s done diddly at keeping that nasty rhizomatous grass out, as that grass’ runners creep under the beds and it is within the beds it goes nuts. And it’s nearly impossible to get all the little runners, and each little runner is a new meadow entire, such is its potential for mayhem. You can’t weed-whip a plastic fence, folks. So yeah, replacing the fence with a metal one is on the list of Must Be Dones.
After, on the east side
In the interim, I undo the fence, till, handweed the runners inside and outside the beds, and put the fence back up. One side at a time. Each side is 50′ long. Ugh. Two more to go!