The other day, I needed to clear a patch of phacelia to make way for the compost bin. I love phacelia as much as the bumblebees but a downside of using it has been confirmed in my mind.
One of the claimed advantages of a cover crop is that it reduces weeds. Now, in the featured patch of ground, the brambles were already there but I swear I didn’t plant the other stuff which I’d mostly removed by the time I took the photo.
Of course, the seeds might have been dormant. But that doesn’t alter the fact that in my experience cover crops just make it harder to weed.
The strawberry patch being another case in point…… And much as I’ve decided I like fumitory, I don’t think it would taste as good as the fruit. So, I’ve been pulling a lot of that recently.