Garden is all weeds!

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After not planting a garden last year, it is full of weeds. How should I even begin? Would hoeing it as I plant and use fabric be ok. I cannot do it all at once.
 

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How small/large is the garden?

Hoeing if not too large, rototilling or discing if large. If none of those appeal, glyphosate (e.g. Roundup) is a possible option, kind of a last resort to me. Personally I would never use fabric or plastic or such and only use Glyphosate as a last resort.

Whichever way you do it, I would recommend you mulch heavily in the rows around the garden plants. You will fight the weeds awhile but it will get better and better over time if you keep working it.

Next fall/winter any space not planted should be seeded in a cover crop to reduce weeds and improve your soil.
 
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I've had good results with putting down landscape fabric over the entire garden, then cutting holes through it to put in the plants. Really helped deal with the weed problem that came up after the rototilling, that I just couldn't keep up with. Then once everything was harvested, I pulled up the fabric, ran it all over with the dethatcher rake on the back of the lawn tractor, and seeded it with miniclover. That established before frost and kept the weeds from coming back the next spring. That year I only used fabric for the rows of tomatoes and peppers and left the clover growing between the rows. It makes excellent ground cover and after a couple of cuttings doesn't get any higher than 4 - 6".
 

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