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Sally Ferguson
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Minimize The Need to Weed a Vegetable Garden, Naturally

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Growing herbs, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables at home is a delight for many. That's especially true today among young adults. According to 2018 surveys by, Americans aged 18 to 34 are increasingly “into” gardening. Of those surveyed, significant numbers named growing edibles as their favorite gardening activity, while listing top concerns as weeds, the amount of time involved and finding natural garden solutions.

It may surprise those new to gardening to learn that experienced vegetable gardeners have a secret weapon that minimizes weed growth and time spent weeding: Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer. This easy-to-apply, granular product lessens the need to weed for up to four weeks per application.

Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer is made from 100% corn gluten meal. Researchers at Iowa State University found that corn gluten has properties that prevent seeds from germinating, making it an effective natural pre-emergent weed preventer for use around food crops.

Tackling weeds as seeds makes sense. Large numbers of dormant weed seeds are buried in garden soil, carried in by wind, birds or animals. Just planting a vegetable garden in spring can bring buried seeds to the surface, exposing them to the light they need to germinate.

Minimize The Need to Weed a Vegetable Garden
Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer is available in two sizes: a 5-pound jug with a handy flip-top applicator cap and enough product to cover 250 square feet, plus a 25-pound refill bag with enough product to cover 1,250 square feet. Use it around established vegetables, fruits and herb plants. Just sprinkle granules on top of soil or mulch, then lightly water to activate. Don't apply a seed inhibitor over newly seeded areas, wait until plants are about three inches tall and have produced several leaves.

A pre-emergent like Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer applied on mulch can effectively double the weed-fighting power of both. The product can be used to prevent weeds all season long, up to the day of harvest. As with all types of pre-emergent weed preventers, Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer doesn't kill weeds. It's a weed preventer. So weeds already growing must first be removed.

Preen Natural Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer helps gardeners minimize the need to weed, making the quest for a home-grown harvest less about weeding and more about eating. For more information visit

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