Welcome to my jungle!
Kinda scary huh?
Before we left for vacation, there were weeds sprouting through the patio blocks but, I figured I wouldn’t worry about them until after we came home. Well, when we came home a jungle had appeared on the patio! At least we just have a very small patio. Just enough to have a table and four chairs.
Our patio is surround by herb beds so, we get a lot of herbs deciding to move out of their home and get their own place in the patio. It never fails, I am pulling out tons of runaway herbs from between the blocks on a regular basis. I generally just gather all these renegade herbs and use them as a potpourri. They get tossed in an old sauce pan that is used exclusively for this purpose and just simmer in water on a back burner.
But, of course, there are plenty of weeds as well! To be honest, that can’t be helped. Right across from our home is a protected Nature Preserve. So, weeds are a reality. Hum, maybe we could talk them into making the preserved into a golf course? Just kidding. I love to look out my window and see deer on a regular basis. So, I deal with weeds.
Okay, all the weeds are pulled out. Oh, and for the record, I gave up on perfection about 4 years ago when a certain little Princess entered my life! LOL
Since we grow all of our herbs without any chemicals what so ever, I don’t use any type of weed killer around our home. We have a high water table and our patio slants down toward herbs. And not to mention, the Princess plays out there.
So, what do I use?
That’s right! Plain ‘ol white vinegar. I have been using this as a weed killer for about 15 years now. I pull out the plants and as much of the roots as possible and then douse between the patio blocks with straight white vinegar. It works as well as any chemical store bought weed killer. It will kill the weeds. And just like any store bought killer, airborne weeds will return so, you need to do the upkeep on a regular basis. But, at least you have gotten rid of the jungle, which makes plucking new weeds a lot easier.
And a big plus in using white vinegar, it is a whole heck of a lot cheaper than commercial weed killers!
Next thing I will need to do is scrub the patio blocks down and you guessed it, I use vinegar and a scrub brush.
Now, let’s check out some thriftiness from last week!
At Robin Flies South we saw this beautiful garden stool bargain!
At Creations By Cindy we saw lots of fun thrifty treasures!
And at Shabby for Sure we saw this cool vintage ice cream cylinder.
Thank you ladies for sharing with us such fun thrifty treasures!
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