Do you have a weeding 'strategy'

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LivvyW

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Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« on: March 01, 2009, 20:38 »
With my head stuck into weeding my herb bed today, i wondered if you more experienced growers have set habits when you tackle a bit of weeding.

If perennial weeds need to be burnt or drowned, but annuals can go on the heap, do you have two buckets and separate them as you go along?    Or do all the perennials first then just hoe the annuals.

Come on tell me your secrets. How do you like to weed?
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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009, 21:11 »
As long as we're not talking about first weeding when starting a plot.............

If it grows hoe it,  do it often enough and even the perenials bite the dust, but you have to wait till it's quite dry to hoe.
So if it's wet and i can reach it from the path i just pull as much as i can. If i can't reach... it waits till it's dry :lol: :lol:
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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 21:41 »
my strategy is to send in my wife armed with a hoe. as for the compost bin they all go in and never come out.

Some good stuff on the deffra organic site about weeding
always have a target
and an objective.

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 22:14 »
hoe for the ones i can get to, gloves for the nettles.
i put all the perennials in a big pile - the border of my garden is waste/woodland so the pile's in there to rot away, but my mum always made a pile and then my dad would set fire to it.
i like hoe-ing. gives me a great deal of satisfaction!

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 22:17 »
I dig out those perennials which I can and take them to the tip after removing all the soil from the roots.

Hoe off annuals.

And once a year nuke those perennials which get away from me e.g. couch grass despite being strimmed  ;)
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 22:19 »
Dig and remove perennials.  Put them in the council green bin.  Hoe, hoe, and hoe again.  After five years of this I no longer have any problem with stubborn weeds.  Oh, and the occasional use of glyphosate on the weeds that try to creep in from next door.
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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 22:57 »
same as ice hoe hoe hoe and hoe again ;)

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 23:04 »
Never thought I would take up hoeing at my time in life. :lol:  But the exercise is keeping me fit. ;)

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2009, 00:13 »
I never thought about it before really but I do tend to seperate the perennials out as I weed, making two heaps.
AT home there's not much perennial stuff so it goes onthe bonfire, but there's too much to waste at the lottie so it goes in bags or buckets of water to rot down.
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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2009, 04:17 »
Weeding at my place is called 'feeding the bunnies' - I do a little bit every day (except in the summer  when there's not always  enough weeds).  It doesn't seem hard work that way.  Anything that survives the bunnies without  being turned into manure  gets to take its chances in the compost pile (more accurately called the 'scrap heap').

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2009, 05:13 »
When I first got the allotment, I sprayed with round up three times, about a month apart.
since then, I've done as everyone else, and hoed every week. If I get any perenial weeds germinating, I lift it out with a hand fork, and the couch that creeps in from the grass edge, is spayed with round up as and when it needs it. :)

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2009, 05:17 »
i go for close quarters combat with a handfork technique, works everytime :)

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2009, 08:23 »
A swoe is my tool of choice and if the weather is sunny the weeds seem quite happy to die if left roots up.  Otherwise they are turned into the compost heap.

At the moment there is a major infestation of creeping buttercup and dandelion at the foot of the hedges that surround the plot where weeding utensils and spade will not go deep enough. These are going to be treated with generosity - a pint of roundup at regular intervals over the season to discourage them.

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2009, 10:23 »
Hoe, Hoe, Hoe. :tongue2:
The answer lies in what you put into the ground!

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Re: Do you have a weeding 'strategy'
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