The Weedless Garden Award

The Acadia Community Farm would like to present its first award of the season to plot #2. Each day when I make my way down the farm I am in awe of each and every individual plot. All of the  gardeners have a different approach to planting, design, and the maintenance of their garden. Plot #2 stood out the most as it seemed to never have a single weed growing in the garden while all of the vegetable plants were thriving! For this reason I am pleased to announce that plot #2 will receive the “Weedless Garden” award. Here is a little bit about the gardner of plot #2 and their secret to a weedless garden.


  • How long have you been gardening?

For about 20 years – veggies, that is

  • What got you interested in gardening?

I particularly enjoy the taste and smell of veggies out of the garden — they just seem so much better than what you buy in the store.  Maybe more importantly, gardening gives you time to think, and to feel productive; it’s a fairly solitary activity and you get to see the fruit (and vegetables) of your labour.

  • What plants do you like to grow?

Beans and tomatoes; I’ve tried to grow peas as well, but seem to have no luck with them.  This year I’m trying beets for the first time.

  • What is your secret to controlling the weeds in your garden?

Well it helps to be a little OCD;  I try to get them as soon as I can distinguish weeds from the veggies I’m growing, and I try to clear a few weeds several times a week, especially after a rain.

  • Any advice you have for a successful garden.

Be patient, and just enjoy it!


The Acadia Community Farm began in the spring of 2008 with the vision of providing local, organic produce to the dining hall at Acadia University, while also serving as a community garden. The Farm has grown to become an educational community centre for the exchange of knowledge surrounding gardening, food, and sustainable agriculture. Explore the site to find out more or stop by the Farm for a visit!


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