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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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    I more or less shut my lottie down for winter in December bar a few bits but before I did I dug over the whole plot.
    Come last Monday I started off the new season with few weeds so the plot only required a light turning.
    I am now ready to start planting when the weather gets a little warmer.
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    Cant be doing with all that weeding so the spuds and onions are covered with second hand straw from the stables, keeps the weeds down I dont chop any onions weeding and there is plenty of humus to dig in at the end of the season

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    Two Sheds idea about the autumn newspaper mulch is one I'm going to copy - just brilliant!

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    Horses for courses - I have five 10 x 3m beds to keep in check and I just don't have time to handweed everything. When the ground is not in use I use black landscaping fabric (much cheaper than barrier fabric and wide enough to cover the whole bed) to cover the beds and smother out the weeds. I'm going to uncover it as the weather warms up, let any weeds germinate, then cover again after a couple of weeks. Once the veg gets going hopefully it should shade out anything I've missed, but I think I'll still have to hoe through rows of onions and garlic as their leaves let more than half the light through, unlike potatoes and cabbages.

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    I wonder how the magazine will interpret what we say here?
    Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.

    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    I wonder how the magazine will interpret what we say here?
    Time will tell sweetie!

    ...have you voted????
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    I have. But in a previous poll, the 'evidence', though reported, was ignored in the text. Dis-chuffed? Moi???
    Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.

    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    Hoeing and weeding; mulching and smothering - but can't vote for 2.
    ditto that

    What on earth is 'Other'??
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