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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. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by piskieinboots View Post
    What on earth is 'Other'??
    Magic and spells?

    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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    Durham. Pink Panther territory


    I usually hand weed any weed that makes it through the mulch, but if its an annual weed I just put some more mulch on top of it!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

    Diversify & prosper

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    At the begining of winter i smoothered everything that didn't have crops with mushroom compost and cardboard

    Im now weeding by hand and doing a bit of hoeing

    When the bindweed pokes its nose through ill use weedkiller

    Can i vote for all three

  4. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by piskieinboots View Post
    ditto that

    What on earth is 'Other'??
    I have seen a flame gun used..jacob
    What lies behind us,And what lies before us,Are tiny matters compared to what lies Within us ...
    Ralph Waide Emmerson

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    Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to let you know that I've edited the 'Other' category, asking members to post the details of their alternative cultivation methods. This category allows those who have adopted a more unconventional way of weeding to share their experiences.

    So, if you ticked 'Other' and haven't posted yet...make sure you do


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    One 'other' method is to make use of allelopathy. This is the natural ability of a plant to inhibit the growth of others. Some green manure crops such as Hungarian grazing rye are very good at inhibiting the germination of following crops or weeds. Obviously it does require some skill to get the timing right, otherwise your veg won't grow either. But transplants and tuber-started crops are largely unaffected.

    This method should be seen as pert of an integrated weed management system, rather than 'the' way to get rid of weeds.

    Of course avoiding digging is another important method of reducing weed problems.

  7. #31
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    Peak District


    It hard work but all weeds on my plot are hoed or pulled by hand as I dont like to use chemicals to control them.

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