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The vegetable garden is the place where summer residents spend most of the year, from spring to late autumn. Work on it is always enough: here and planting, and watering, and harvesting, and eternal struggle with weeds. Naturally, every gardener dreams of at least a little to facilitate garden chores and make staying on the beds more comfortable. Not the least role in this play the paths between groups of planted crops, for which truck farmers go during their processing.
Especially relevant this issue is after the rains, when the weeds are climbing from all sides. In dry weather, it is still possible to move between beds during weeding, but after the soil has become soiled, many simply wait until everything dries up. And at this time the garden is overgrown with weeds.
What are the tracks for?
Having developed a fantasy in arrangement of paths, you can give the site an original look. But it's not just beauty, because the availability of equipped walkways will allow:
- weeding even after heavy rains;
- quietly move around the garden, without staining your feet in the mud.
Thanks to the paths, the cultivated territory of the site on which the weeds grow grows.
Recommendations for arranging tracks
Before proceeding with the formation of passes, it is worth considering some factors that will help make the tracks not only beautiful, but also practical:
- All the tracks should be made straight, without convolutions, and as close as possible to the beds;
- two or three main roads with a width of up to 60 cm are enough to drive a wheelbarrow. The other paths make about 30 cm wide - this is enough for the passage.
Material for tracks
What is it better to do the paths in the garden among the beds? There are many options for choosing a material, and almost all of them have both positive and negative sides:
- Tree.Between the rows spread a wide board or make a flooring. The tree can be used for temporary and portable tracks. But if you put it on stationary passes, it will soon rot. In addition, snails and slugs gather under wet boards.
- Mulch (sawdust, hay, straw, grass).Falling down the tracks of mulch from hay, grass or straw, you can restrain the growth of weeds and fertilize the soil. However, when laying between beds of fresh sawdust, there is a risk of oxidizing the soil.
- Ciderates. Plus such a path is that mustard, rapeseed or oats serve as a fertilizer. But walking on them is not very convenient, in addition, you need to regularly mow.
- Crushed stone, pebble, brick.One of the best options for arranging tracks, provided that they will be stationary. Crushed stone and pebbles usually just fall asleep. The whole brick can be simply packed tightly, and from the broken fragments fill the cemented path. The edges of the track should be fixed with rims so that it does not creep.
- Concrete paths -the most practical option for permanent passages between beds. They are easy to care for, and weeds will never appear there.
- Very beautiful look tracks, laid out from the splits of trees or individual stones, they are also called stepper. On them it is convenient to move around, and if necessary, you can move to a new location.