This is my second year gardening over old manure/compost heaps. My soil is rich, black crumbly. It is mostly just manure(horse), sawdust and hay mixed in with plant debris, weeds etc. Underneath is beautiful compost. BUT no matter where I get the compost from, (Which pile) consistantly over the years, I always get what I call"the dreaded weed" smartweed". Its like a cancer to me. Everytime I use some compost I have tons and tons of them. Does anyone know why? Or what does it mean to have an excess of these in all of my gardens and compost? and what can I do to eradicate them other than hand pull each one, (by the thousands, Ugh!) P.S. This was a wild overgrown grassy/ manure dump area for 20-30 years. I have worked hard for 3 years to eradicate a tenacious vine, cant think of the name now, but it covered every square inch of abput 2 acres! Any ideas would be appreciated.
PS Are we officially in a drought in Western, Massachusetts. I an having a didfficult year becasue of the lack of water. Thanks! LP