Shallow weeding

Shallow weeding.

This is the first lesson in weeding. We will learn, how to deal with weeds, which begin to cover the free spaces between the plants grown in the bed. When the latter are just starting | your spring growth, weed seeds fall onto the exposed soil surfaces. Fighting their developing intruders should become a routine for us. We proceed to act, when the weeds are still small, but their size allows for effective removal. The tools you need include: barrow, two buckets and a pitchfork.

1. Weeding is work, at which haste is not recommended. We should work very carefully, removing the weeds from a small part of the bed and only after thorough weeding, proceed to the next one. We can stop this work at any time and return to it, when the next opportunity arises. Carefully shake the ground between the plants with the pitchfork and then remove the weeds.

2. Weeding is a good opportunity to discover the amazing diversity of plants. Usually we encounter the most widespread annual weeds, such as quinoa (lebioda), keratosis, or the rotus rotus visible in the photo, overgrown seedlings of garden plants. If we cannot identify individual plants, better to leave them for a certain period, to figure out, what grows out of them. When it turns out, it's weeds, let's try to identify them, then let's remove. However, it is quite likely, that we come across seedlings of the common spotted eagle, menstruation, a flowery girl, women's evening wear or the field poppy. The advantage of gentle hand weeding is this, that we can spare these and the like beautiful, self-seeding plants.

3. In addition to annual weeds, we will certainly also come across perennial weeds, growing from seeds, roots or other underground organs. Roots of perennial weeds, even in juveniles, are thicker, longer and paler than fusiforms, darker roots of annuals. First select the roots of perennial weeds and put them in a separate bucket. Pulled out annual weeds (without seeds) we can transfer to the composter – if it's warm enough, will wither quickly. Perennial weeds are best dried in the sun. When their roots are completely dry, we can also put them into a composter or burn them.