Vegetable Garden Weed Killer – Leaves Safe Soil For Summer Vegetables

Q: Is there a safe weed killer for vegetable gardens that could be applied now, but still leave the soil safe for this summer’s vegetables? Our garden is loaded with winter weeds.

A: Despite social media claims, corn gluten meal does not work very well in the Southeast to prevent weeds. Our heat and rainfall are just too favorable for weed growth. That leaves you with organic products you apply when weeds appear, even in winter. Herbicidal soap works well for me, as does concentrated citrus oil. I have sources of several organic weed control products at

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