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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Weeding and organic garden


Weeds are one of a organic gardeners main problems. They compete with crops for nutrients and water and unchecked they will completely take over a garden. Some can be eaten, such as wild leeks and young nettles, but most need to be destroyed. Weeds can be annual or perennials, the former will germinate, flower and die but the latter produce deep roots and can be very hardy and tough. Annuals can be dealt with by hoeing or hand weeding and is most important to avoid seeding as some weeds can produce thousands of seeds which may take many years of weeding to eradicate.Perennial weeds require more work as ideally these should be completely dug out, as even leaving a tiny bit of root may allow some to regenerate.  

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