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garden weed seeds

To show you what many of the most common weeds look like, I’ve made a Chart with photographs of the flowers, a brief description, and a photograph of the seedling so you can recognise them and remove them if they appear where you don’t want them. It’s not a nice thought, but there are pictures of fifty weeds here, most of which appear in my garden! One or two of them don’t grow in my garden, so I’ve actually had to grow them deliberately to be able to photograph them – my thanks to Chiltern Seeds for supplying the seeds. I’ve started with those with white flowers, then yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, purple, blue and green, and in roughly height order in each colour, which might help you to identify something you find in your garden – although you don’t need to identify a weed to know you want to get rid of it!

There’s also a picture index to these weeds, showing just the flowers, in order of colour, here. There are details of 50 more wildflowers in the Plant Profiles section, and a picture index to these is on this page.

If you have a lot of weeds and you can’t control them, you might like to pretend they’re wildflowers you’re growing deliberately for herbal purposes. There are plenty of books on herbs and their uses, but I found ‘Herbs and Healing Plants of Britain & Europe’ , in the Collins Nature Guides Series, a good starting point. It has clear photos of over 300 plants so you can easily recognise them, good descriptions, and information about their active ingredients and how to use them at home. Small enough to carry in your pocket, and costs around �5-8.

Put drought on your side by depriving weeds of water. Placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch efficiently irrigates plants while leaving nearby weeds thirsty. In most climates, depriving weeds of water reduces weed-seed germination by 50 to 70 percent. Watch out, though, for the appearance of deeply rooted perennial weeds, such as bindweed and nutsedge, in areas that are kept moist. They can take off in a flash when given the benefits of drip irrigation.

Now you’re cooking. Easier than solarizing, plug in an old Crock-Pot outdoors, turn it to its lowest setting, and warm batches of compost while you sleep (three hours at 160°F kills most weed seeds).

3. Weed when the weeding’s good

In lawns, minimize soil disturbance by using a sharp knife with a narrow blade to slice through the roots of dandelions and other lawn weeds to sever their feed source rather than digging them out. Keep in mind that weed seeds can remain dormant for a long, long time.

I posted a Fantastic Content About growing vegetables in your small greenhouse

Every square inch of your garden contains weed seeds, but only those in the top inch or two of soil get enough light to trigger germination. Digging and cultivating brings hidden weed seeds to the surface, so assume weed seeds are there ready to erupt, like ants from an upset anthill, every time you open a patch of ground. Dig only when you need to and immediately salve the disturbed spot with plants or mulch.

Note: If you use leaf blowers, many come with shredders that can turn yard debris into garden mulch fast, which saves you the costs of making or buying your own mulch. See our mulching guide.

If dealing with weeds is too much of a hassle, at least resolve to keep them from setting seed. Once a week, use a grass whip or string trimmer and cut off their heads before they flower.

3. Pull Them Out or Dig Them Up

Also, at the end of the season after you harvest your veggies, plant cover crops, like wheat, clover, and barley. They are beneficial plants that give back to the soil but also keep weeds from growing and soil erosion from occuring. In some situations, you can use a cover crop in the shoulder seasons to block out weeds. See our list of cover crops.

While weeding, try to hold the trowel vertically (like a child holding a crayon) to eliminate strain on your wrist.

If you can water only the plants that need it, you may avoid the cultivation of weeds in unplanted areas, paths, and areas where they are not welcome—and where they would dry up if not watered!