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CONTROLLING WEEDS

Keeping weeds in check is almost a constant battle for the kitchen gardener. Emma Rawlings looks at measures to remove them the pros and cons of having them

Weeds are just plants in the wrong place as defined by the gardener. They are really part and parcel of the local ecosystem and you could argue your crops are in their way!Weeds can also be beneficial (see page 63) however, generally we do need to control unwanted plant growth in our cropping area.

WHY DO WE NEED TO REMOVE WEEDS?

Weeds compete with our crop plants for water and feed and even light if they are big enough. Weeds can sometimes host pests and diseases that transfer to crop plants. A good example is shepherd’s purse which is a host for white blister, a disease affecting cabbages and other brassicas.

HOW TO CONTROL WEEDS

To control the weeds you have on your plot it does help if you know whether the weed is an annual or a perennial.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: LEARNING ON THE PLOT ✪ This month we travel to Derby and a thriving allotment site that is inspiring city dwellers to grow their own A GARDEN FOR GOURMETS ✪ Garden writer Gaby Bartai visits a kitchen garden in Scotland which uses some surprising techniques to supply crops for a famous restaurant BOOST YOUR BIODIVERSITY ✪ KG regular Ben Vanheems explains why we should make space for wildlife on their plot And much more!