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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. #1
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    Default Poll: GYO wants to know how you do it!

    The weather is warming up, and this can only mean one thing - the weeds are coming! Keeping your plot free of these annoying invaders can be a long and tiring task; not to mention a real test of your patience. This month we want to know how you do it!

    Tick which option best describes your system - and don't forget to post and tell us why you use this particular method. Any other tips you have will be greatly appreciated, the more creative the better!

    Your answers may be edited and published in the upcoming issue of Grow Your Own!
    Last edited by Emma Ward; 30-03-2010 at 07:58 AM.

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    i do a mixture of hoeing & pulling and smothering & mulching so i voted other, i quite enjoy and hours weeding & it always looks better for it, but if ive got a patch I want to clear I would cover it with a thick layer of dampened cardboard or newspaper & black fabric & leave it, I would plant something such as potatoes or squashs through just by cutting holes so at least the area is being used.
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    I'm a hoeer and puller - that looks very rum when I write it! When the are mechanically removed they don't come back, especially if you do it before they seed!
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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Hoeing and weeding; mulching and smothering - but can't vote for 2.

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    nerobot is offline Rooter
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    Leeds, UK


    I quite enjoy hoeing and pulling out the weeds. I find it quite relaxing (but then I don't have a very big plot).

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    In previous years I've resorted to using Glyphosate toward the beginning of the growing season to give me a head start, or when things have become overgrown after a few weeks neglect. Bindweed and Couch Grass being particularly troublesome.

    Hoeing and pulling are only really effective if done regularly - especially when the season really gets going. I haven't always been able to get to the plot on regular intervals, so glyphosate for me has given me the extra hand when time and extra hands have been scarce.

    It's worth carrying an extra watering can filled with just clean water when using glyphosate. Use the clean water to rinse off any 'overspill' onto cultivated plants.

    I think the best way to describe my method would be to consider it 'eclectic'. I use as many methods as I can.
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    Hoeing and pulling and smothering and mulching, but couldn't tick them all.
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    pdblake is offline Cropper
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    Beverley, E.Yorks


    I went for other, but it's more of a combination of all. I weed and pull, but also let the chooks have a good scratch about too. I also smother and mulch by putting cardboard down and topping with compost.

    On our concrete and crazy paving paths I use scalding hot water, especially water that's just been used for hardboiling eggs.

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