One year’s seeding is seven year’s weeding.  Weeds tend to be our nemesis when gardening and many an hour has been spent methodically and sometimes frantically digging those persistent buggers out of the garden.  Yours truly has developed a habit of pulling out weeds no matter where. I have to admit it does provide certain kind of satisfaction. The best description I have ever heard is an extract that Christopher Lloyd wrote in The Well-Tempered Garden:

“Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative’s latest example of unreasonableness.” Despite the satisfaction provided from destroying weeds, it helps to put things into perspective when we can understand their use in nature.

weeding alternatives
Purslane is a vigorous growing annual weed

Why Weeds Aren’t All Bad

weeding alternatives
Dandelion has many uses including herbal and ecological

Yet weeds can be a major headache if you are looking for a neat and groomed garden. Certain weeds can smother your plants or are just too thirsty.  They can also act as hosts for pests, diseases and viruses – as all plants can.  An effective way to keep weeds out of your garden beds is to regularly mulch your beds.

Mulching to Control Weeds

Weeds on Paving
Chris has been testing on a lawn but it will have the same effect on paving.

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