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I'm really curious. Do you let all of your weeds grow?
only the useful ones, they eventually crowd out the bad ones i don't want. most of the "Weeds" i have are eatable or medicinal in use. they also build good soil and keep diversity high.
For all things come from earth, and all things end by becoming earth.

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soil wrote:
I'm really curious. Do you let all of your weeds grow?
only the useful ones, they eventually crowd out the bad ones i don't want. most of the "Weeds" i have are eatable or medicinal in use. they also build good soil and keep diversity high.
I see. I do let some of the purslane, amaranth, lambs quarters, wood sorrel, and a few dandelions grow but I need most of them out of the way. I used to grow all of the above intentionally from seed and I still do that with two of them. My biggest weed problem is crabgrass and maple tree seedlings.

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Handsomeryan- (Aw, man. I just called a dude handsome).

Ya, I do like to burn stuff :()

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You can get a good grip on weeds with latex gloves - its like a second skin. They are also great for dealing with a problem plant and not spreading any disease around the garden.

Containers and raised beds don't requrie a lot of tools. Hands are our best tools - a light second skin is a good thing.

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I have a tool that was labeled Japanese Weeder. It has a very sharp offset triangle head that is sharply angled so that it skims just below soil surface. It comes in right and left-handed models so that the longer offset is towards your thumb.

It's great tool for working close. ... And I mean really close, like slipping that sharp point between the weed and vegetable plant and giving a quick tug.

I think I'd like to get an action/stirrup hoe for long handled standing work. looking around, there seems to be two widths available, and some are designed with replaceale/replacement blades.

I also like using my Japanese hand sickle. This spring, I finally bought a European scythe. It was available in a set with a sharpening stone with watertight clip on plastic holster. It's great because I can just half fill the holster with water and whip the wet stone out to sharpen the Weeder, sickle, and scythe as neede, though I still occasionally use a handy stone if I forget the holstered sharpening stone.. 8)

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Handsomeryan wrote:11 replies and I'm the first to bring up the most fun and satisfying method of weed control ever conceived?!

[img]https://www.weeddragon.com/Assets/WeedDragonImages/Weed-Dragon-Action-2.jpg[/img]

[img]https://www.drpower.com/EmailProdImages/CAT0040-250.jpg[/img]

Weed. Flaming. Torch.

There is nothing in this world more satisfying than watching the weeds wilt and kneel before your awesomeness.

The torch works on the principal that plant cells are full of water which expands when heated. The fluid within the cells is already at about 100psi (this is known as turgor pressure) and so it doesn't take much for the flame from a torch to boil the water within the cells causing it to expand rupturing the cell wall and killing the cell. No, it doesn't kill the roots and some weeds may re-sprout but it is a lot of fun and since it leaves no residues the organic crowd can enjoy it too.
Truly genius - love it - I'm off to the hardware store!



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