My vegetable garden has issues — mostly deriving from its past life as a greenhouse. While the old foundation makes a nice wall, it does not make a comfortable bench. Also, whomever originally built the greenhouse decided that the door should not be centered along the end wall, making one bed just a trifle too wide for comfort.
Those are architectural issues, though, and add to the garden’s quirkiness. My problem is the path itself. Some people have nicely groomed trails through their gardens. I have a lane of weeds. At one point, they were all weeded out, but the buttercup and dandelions came back. Next, I tried weeding the path and then smothering it with straw. In the picture below, you can see the remains of that experiment. You can also see that the buttercups and dandelions came back yet again. This year, I decided not to fight it and the weeds are definitely happy, but I am not.
Elliot Coleman suggests planting white clover in the garden paths. Does anybody have any experience with that? I know it can withstand being walked upon, but will it end up invading the vegetable beds, or is it fairly content to stay put?
At this point, I am desperate enough to try almost anything, but am leery about introducing another potential weed into the mix. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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