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Wednesday,18th.,April,2001
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Weed Control
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Weeds are a problem that has been around for centuries.

The Most Important part of Weed Control is to remove
or destroy the weeds before they reach maturity and produce
more seeds.

Weeds can be removed by pulling them up,chipping with a hoe
or by cultivation.
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In Commercial situations controlling weeds without chemicals
is more expensive and labour intensive.

One of the best ways is to use a gas flame thrower type of machine
to kill them before planting.

This is Neither Practical nor necessary in the smaller Home
Garden.
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*Weed Mat* is one way to keep weeds from sprouting but I do not
like to use it.

Mulching with Organic Matter is a better alternative as the soil
benefits from the breakdown of the mulch.

Compost also Makes an excellent mulch as well as providing nutrients
to the soil much more quickly than other mulches.
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Growing legumes such as Peas or Alfalfa(Lucerne) between crops also
helps to block out the light needed for weeds to germinate.

Dig them in as a green manure to increase the Nitrogen Content
of the Garden.
 
NOTE:-
Do NOT place weeds with seeds or invasive types of weeds
in the Compost Pile.You may be Making a lot more Problems.

Here is a link to a site that has a lot of information on
making Compost.

http://hometown.aol.com/mystuser/Composting/COMPOSTING.html


Companion herbs

 

COMPANION HERBS
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Chammomile:-
(Also known a camomile)
A good Companion for Cabbage and Onion.

the Recumbent Varieties (English Chammomile or Lawn Chammomile)
make an excellent lawn between the garden beds.

Acts as a Cover to help prevent weed growth and makes
the garden look good.

Tansy:-
Deters Many Insects including Ants, Aphis,Cabbage worms,Squash Bugs.

Plant in a ring around fruit trees to help repel Fruit Fly.
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Happy Gardening,
                            Ed.
PS If You Have a Question about organic Gardening E-mail me.

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