Out of control garden.
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|Wed, 07-22-2009 - 6:16am|
We have a small garden that's been growing out of control all summer due to some health issues. While it's likely to make me sick as a dog, I need to get out there and get the thing cleaned up. The neighbors (we live in an appartment in a well to do area) are giving us some pretty dirty looks. Normaly I wouldn't care but it was actually in our contract for the appartment that we keep up this garden..
So, two questions!
First, is there anything I can do or use to make it easier to get rid of the copious weeds? We're living in Switzerland so unless you're in the same general region please don't bother with brand names of weed killers but some home remedies to keep them from coming back quite so quick would be helpful. The slugs killed all the flowers that were out there but not the weeds!
Second, we have two rose bushes out there. What the heck should I do with them? They're rather wild at the moment. Can I just chop them down to a more managable size (they're under our bedroom window) or do they need a more tactful approach rather than just a pair of good garden shears? They're just growing rather tall and at least one of them has a branch or stalk or whatever you want to call it that's threatening to fall over and block the walkway.
I'm new to the whole gardening thing. I'm alergic to every plant that grows. My husband had promised to do the gardening (or I wouldn't have agreed to getting this particular appartment) but that's obviously not happening. Some general tips to just make the entire thing easier/quicker to keep up with would be helpful.