To weed or not to weed 

Since the rains last week, phacelia and poppies have shot up out of seemingly nowhere. They are smothering the onions and getting very cosy with the broad beans.


The question of whether or not to remove them has therefore arisen. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while may well remember the dilemma I had over the poppies last summer and the fact that I was determined not to go through the same this year.

However, I have learned on the MOOC about soil that weeding may in fact be less than beneficial. Green manure such as phacelia may be considered a living mulch, so why not weeds?

Now, you might say that poppies are hardly weeds. Er, well, are not dandelions seen as weeds because they are in the wrong place, when in fact they are simply wildflowers? So, all plants being equal, I need to decide the cut-off point.

In other words, the living mulch round (over the top of) the onions could do with thinning out, while the broadbeans are probably happy with the companionship.

Next question, should I go out in the midday sun or wait till bedtime?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to To weed or not to weed 

  1. Kalamain says:

    With daddies, if they are not in the lawn then you can just snip the heads before they go to seed. Or pull them up and use as salad greens.

    Many native wildflowers prefer rolled soil as it’s far easier to get a grip when the rains come.

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