Re: Wild weed west – reclaiming an abandoned garden
I’m currently gardening in a garden that was reclaimed from weeds and high-bush blackberries (the root-champions of the world). We started as McCraee above, by smothering the whole garden in layers and layers of wet newspaper and leaves laid down in autumn.
And then in spring, rather than dig through, we went in and cultivated out all the roots and weeds. It was A LOT of work. TONS of work, but it was worth it because we now have 1200 sq ft of garden space: two very long skinny beds and six square beds. Sometimes, you just have to get in there, give time a chance to work its magic and then get dirty and make your muscles ache.
It’s good for you, really good for you: two hours of hard gardening can burn up to 500 calories or more I’ve read.