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View Poll Results: How do you keep the weeds on your veg patch at bay?

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  • Man-made chemicals and sprays

    1 1.82%
  • Hoeing and pulling weeds by hand

    44 80.00%
  • Smothering or mulching

    6 10.91%
  • Other - please explain your alternative method in a post below

    4 7.27%
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  1. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by binley100 View Post
    Hoeing and pulling and smothering and mulching, but couldn't tick them all.
    Same as binley, but I voted for the latter as that is this year's plan! I spend most of my work days weeding for other people, so I certainly don't want to start again when I get home!
    Last edited by Glutton4...; 08-03-2010 at 05:49 PM.
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    I usually hand weed, it's so satisfying when you look down at a finised bit and it's all weed free. Little and often is definitely the key, keeping on top of it. Don't leave it for a few weeks or it's such a daunting tast. And cover up the bits not being used so they don't get weedy too. If you don't have time to pull them up then just pull the heads off to buy you a bit of time before they set seed.

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    Although I hand weed our garden, the border on two sides - approx 150 metres in length - is controlled by cast iron fences leading to fields . In the summer the fields are filled with cows.

    As you may imagine, annual weed invasions of buttercup, dandelions . couch grass etc are to be expected so I put Pathclear along the edge of the fence to the width of 0.5 metres. One application a year keeps (some) weeds at bay.

    I buy in bulk at the end of the summer when Patchclear is being sold off cheaply...

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    I find hand weeding quite theraputic. Having raised beds, the weeds are usually quite small and easy to pull free from the uncompacted soil surface, and by keeping the beds narrow (90cm wide) I don't have to stoop or stretch to reach them.

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    Hoeing and pulling as well as mulching. I also cover with cardboard after I have dug over a large patch, I am going to cover the strawberry bed with weed control fabric and planting the strawberries through it.
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    I've just been up the plot for an hour, weeding. In the autumn I'd laid down some wet newspapers (weighed down with soil) on the worst weeds.
    Today I lifted the newspaper, and the soil underneath was lovely: black, moist & crumbly ... and almost weed-free. The few that persisted (couch/dandelion etc) were easily pulled out.
    I then immediately planted the clean soil (with nemophila) to prevent weeds coming back (bare soil doesn't stay that way for long).
    It involved almost no effort, and the newspaper is torn up and added to the compost bin.


    I also sowed phacelia in any gaps I had. Some of it died in the hard winter we just had, but one particular patch is doing well. There are only a few weeds amongst it, whereas the bare patches I left have been colonised by speedwell, chickweed, groundsel etc
    Last edited by Two_Sheds; 25-03-2010 at 06:07 PM.
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    I voted hoeing and pulling weeds by hand but I also do a bit of smothering or mulching / covering with card etc. I find that if you do a little bit often then it's not too bad at all.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    I think you need different approaches for different things. I voted for hoeing and pulling because my plot is more or less under control now. Once the main top growth of weeds has been tamed, with the roots dug out as much as possible (I'm thinking of bindweed here) then regular hoeing and pulling of the odd perennial weed really makes a difference and keeps it all under control. However if I let it slip for a few weeks then other methods may be needed! If I have a part of a bed get weedy with no time to deal with it then the covering and mulching approach may be deployed as well!
    One thing I won't do is use chemicals.
    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

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