I'm in the process of neatening up the edges of our flat ground planting areas (I swear the surrounding sod thrives and grows under the snow in the winter!), and I know I'll have to do it over and over several times this season if I want to keep the planting area from reverting back to nature. Or sod. Or lawn area. Or whatever.
Here's one side of the blueberry/haskap berry patch that I haven't touched yet. Granted, the whole patch needs to be weeded and a new mulch of peat moss spread, but you can see how the sod on the right of the patch is trying its mightiest to grow into that fertile soil that I want to keep free of weeds, quack grass and heavy sod. It's worse at the far end that I didn't manage to get in the picture.
This is the west side of my strawberries which are planted in a section of the field garden. I just finished tilling the edge with my Mantis tiller yesterday. You can see some clumps of sod about half way down that I cut off the edge with the tiller, but if I don't go over them again soon or manually take them out, they'll root and start growing right there faster than greased lightning!
And this is a "new" plot we have been working on for the past two years. Eventually, I'm pretty sure we'll start a new raspberry patch, one row of them right down the center of the strip. (I'm totally tired of walking between three shorter rows trying to pick raspberries and feeling like I'm in the middle of the Amazon jungle, without a machete, and might not be able to fight my way back out.) This year, I'm going to plant about two-thirds of our potatoes down the center of the strip to see if they might prefer this soil and grow to a bigger size than they have been in the field garden soil. I edged this line yesterday.
Lastly, this is the edging I did around the asparagus patch nearly a week ago. And it already needs to be done again.
Hoping many of you will share the way you handle this little gardening "problem" and give me some ideas as to how I might do it better. Thanks in advance for any and all comments.