Weeding is made easy - so the garden remains weed-free

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Weeding weeds is really less of a witchcraft, though there are weed witches who use urtica dioica (nettles) as magic plants, and sorcerers suspect weeds like witches' rings in the lawn (and weird weeds are also, below). How, where and when weeding but already plays a role:
Weeding weeds made easy
If you have unwanted foreign vegetation, it's worth a short "trial-and-shoot", of each foreign plant, to find out how best to handle the respective herb:

  • First take one of the foreign plants so that you have the root as completely as possible in the hand
  • What can be removed easily and completely is rather straightforward to weed
  • What is difficult to remove completely and leaves visible streaks in the ground, should be determined
  • Here, every root must be removed, in the absence of time, first remove a plant and mark the others
  • In any case, after probing, you know what the roots of the weeds look like
  • And with it, which tool could help you, because there are some:
  • The weed chile (also called "Schuffel") scrapes delicate weeds out of the ground whose roots do not go deep
  • In some weeds, the root then dies, in others, it should be removed, which is easy to dry after a few days
  • The weed cutter picks weeds with taproot
  • But they can have runners, who after a few days z. B. can be pulled with a weed tongs
  • The garden disc simply cuts plants just above the ground, for some weeds after 2, 3 treatments the end
  • The triangular Japanese hoe with its curved shape and sharp edges also removes quite deep roots
  • A sow tooth also comes in the middle of a planting to low-lying roots
  • Weeds made of plate joints are best used to remove a joint scraper
  • A kind of all-purpose weapon is the double hoe, with four tines on one side and a cutting blade on the other side
  • And the star-mill with j├Ątmesser, a kind of mini flight, which eliminates any vegetation on a strip of land (only in absolutely exceptional cases recommended, see below)
Also not unimportant when weeding weeds is the time or the soil condition. Again, there is no standard recipe, weeds that "hold their roots together" are best weeded when the soil is nice and soft after a heavy rain; If weeds can be eliminated by repeatedly cutting off the growing soil above the soil, this can work better if the soil is nice and dry.
This way the garden stays free of weeds in the long run
Weeds grow when the garden allows its growth, and whether it does that is in your hands. The "everyday weeds" that appear in the beds between the plants can be stopped if you simply leave no room for its development. Plant a mixed culture that covers all or most of the soil, herbs between vegetables or ground cover between ornamental flowers, or mulch the bare soil. There is a famous tomato farmer who mulches between the tomato plants with thick straw layers, the tomatoes get the magnificent. If a piece of soil is not to be planted in a season - it should be planted, because a bare and bare soil will certainly be rooted by anything possible, but not necessarily better.
However, there are plants that care for the soil, here are a few suggestions off the usual green manure and value for use:
  • Sow a 1-year-old flower mixture, sensitive to frost, only in late April or early May
  • Or a perennial herbal mixture that can be sown in spring or autumn
  • In autumn sowing, you can avoid frost damage with loose hay (300 - 400 g / m┬▓) or grass clippings (1 - 2 kg / m┬▓)
  • Flowers and herbs should be wildflowers and wild herbs, native plant species
  • Over the course of millennia, they have adapted to the environment in our country
  • They cope with our weather and soil conditions, are competitive and provide food for wildlife
  • Mix seeds with filler (sand, sawdust, soybean meal), for a loose sowing (10 - 20 g / m2 including filler)
  • Important when buying seeds: Detailed list of species indicated, no crops, broad grasses, clover, less than 50% of grass
  • Use seeds from Germany, preferably from your region (so-called autochthons seed)
  • You get that z. At Mellifera e.V., //mellifera.de/blog/nbl-blog/wildpflanzen-regiosaatgut.html
  • Or at Appels Wilde seed GmbH, appelswilde.de, Rieger Hofmann GmbH, rieger-hofmann.de, Natura seeds, natura-saaten.de
  • If the meadow is to stay longer, it is mowed once or twice a year
  • You can also put potatoes and mulch the spaces well
  • Or Hokkaido pumpkin, or legumes, or corn, spread about 3 to 5 cm of mulch, the sown plants grow through
If a piece of soil has not already been planted, is open and is now full of weeds, you can turn that land back into a beautiful, bare garden soil through a thick layer of mulch. For more information, see the article "Removing weeds over a large area".
Weed? Spice herb, medicinal herb, beneficial herb, salad herb, herb!
Whether in your garden weed or spice herb, medicinal herb, lettuce, ornamental herb grows, incidentally, is also in your hands. Here are the talents of our most common "Un" herbs:
  • Ackerminze, Mentha arvensis, can be used like the related peppermint
  • Ackersenf, Sinapis arvensis, seeds can be used similar to real mustard seeds, z. B. as a spice, also known as Bach flower Mustard
  • Field winds, Convolvulus arvensis, pretty and pretty flowering, in suitable locations (possibly in the tub, spreads) very decorative
  • Bent-back amaranth, Amaranthus retroflexus, leaves as spinach, gluten-free seeds such as rice and millet, roots like beets
  • Dockers, Rumex, z. B. as sorrel delicious in soups, just not too much and constantly because of the contained oxalic acid (similar to rhababer)
  • Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, the most important spice of a good roast goose
  • Broad-leaved plantain, Plantago major, young leaves as a salad, older leaves cooked in stews, contains calcium, other minerals, and vitamin A.
  • Nettle, Urtica, food and dye plant, for fiber production, as butterfly pasture and plant tonic
  • Honorary prize, Veronica, versatile variety of perennials, in which valuable flowering shrubs with many uses can be found
  • Foxtail, Alopecurus, is intended as a meadow foxtail to prevent the formation of allergies, is also cultivated as an ornamental plant
  • Goose thistle, Sonchus, is cooked as a vegetable goose thistle or eaten raw in a salad
  • Daisies, bellis perennis, flower buds, open flowers and leaves are edible, yummy nutty to slightly sour
  • White goosefoot, Chenopodium album, food plant, fodder plant (also as birdseed), medicinal plant, green dye, mild soap substitute
  • Giersch, Aegopodium podagraria, significantly better wild spinach than the lacy green leaves from the store, helps against gout and more
  • G├╝nsel, Ajuga, z. B. creeping G├╝nsel some varieties are planted as ornamental plants in parks and gardens
  • Gundermann, Glechoma hederacea, became known as soldier parsley because of the vitamin C content, spices and helps against some ailments
  • Buttercup, ranunculus, formerly used for rheumatism and nerve pain, but recently mildly toxic, there are better alternatives today
  • Shepherd's purse, Capsella, is currently used as a healing drug
  • Dog parsley, Aethusa cynapium, was formerly used as a medicinal herb, but be careful: Toxic
  • Corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, food plant, medicinal plant, ornamental plant
  • Burbot, Galium aparine, Fodder plant for insects, wild vegetables, edible flowers, "slimming herb" and anti-inflammatory, u. a.
  • Chickweed, galinsoga, leaves tasty as a vegetable and salad, known in the ancient homeland of Colombia as Guascas spice herb
  • Knotweed, Persicaria, is cultivated in many species and varieties as a kitchen herb, medicinal herb and ornamental plant
  • Scrub thistle, Cirsium, from various species, leaves, young shoots and basket bottoms (as in the artichoke) are eaten raw or cooked
  • Ragwort, Senecio, caution, poisonous in all species, is not necessarily needed in the garden, see article on the ragwort
  • Field-Clove, Silene noctiflora, pretty little white carnation that opens its flowers in the evening and is already endangered
  • Dandelion, Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia, leaves, flowers, buds, root, as a spread, substitute coffee, jelly, caper substitute, lettuce, syrup
  • Report, Atriplex, young leaves in salad and as spinach
  • Black nightshade, Solanum nigrum, careful: venomous nightshade
  • Wheatgrass, Elymus, root, flock for alcohol production and as substitute coffee, flour, lettuce, syrup, soup
  • Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare, aromatic plant, use in herbal medicine, staining plant
  • Common cabbage, Lapsana communis, young leaves as salad, spinach, condiment
  • Heron's beak, Erodium, some species and varieties decorate gardens and parks as ground cover, in rock gardens or in wall columns
  • Panicle grass, Poa, several species, especially meadow bluegrass Poa pratensis, are important grass, meadow and forage grasses
  • Field Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is sold as Blasentee, Blutreinigungstee, Hustentee, Nierentee and Rheumatee
  • Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, leaves and shoots as a salad, nursing and medicinal plant
  • Cocksfoot herb, Ranunculus ficaria, salad, quark spice, ornamental plant
  • Plantain, Plantago lanceolata, see Broad Plantain
  • Cranesbill, geranium, flowers and leaves as salad, medicinal plant
  • Deadnettle, Lamium, young shoots as a vegetable
  • Ragwort / Mugwort Ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Attention: invasive stranger, allergy weed, s. Article ambrosia
  • Common chickweed, Stellaria media, leaves as a salad and tea
  • White clover / creeping clover, Trifolium repens, flowers and leaves as a salad, honey, jam
  • Meadow Clover / Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, s.o.
  • Vetch, Vicia, flowers and leaves as a salad
  • Solstice spurge, Euphorbia helioscopia, careful, poisonous in all species, is not necessarily needed in the garden
Medicinal plants have been named the most well-known (almost every herb helps against anything, 87% of our current medicines are plant-derived, but it's always under medical supervision), and many herbs can do much more in other directions, If one listens to this list alone, the image of a round table with representatives of listed corporations could emerge in the mind's eye of a suspicious contemporaneity: food producers, pharma speakers, plant manufacturers and owners of large nurseries grinning in an expensive restaurant give advice on how to sell to the consumer all useful and medicinal plants which we grow all by ourselves as weeds. To enable consumers to buy artificial "groceries" in the supermarket, expensive pharmaceutical remedies (containing ingredients of this weed) in the pharmacy, and imported or cultivated, delicate and pest-susceptible ornamental plants + pesticides in the garden center, mainly from fat, starch and sugar.
If you forego time-consuming, and possibly multiple, destructive chemical destruction, weeding is easy: digging up the soil, planting out, digging up the earth's hole. If the garden is to remain free of weeds in the long term, it could be more labor-intensive - until you bring your garden into a natural balance, where plants keep each other in check and you have gathered enough information to give each herb something Can win good.

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