Saturday, June 21, 2008

Does Weeding Really Make A Difference?

One of the questions we get most often is “Does weeding really make that much difference?'' The chart below is from the Washington/Oregon Master Gardener Handbook. It relates specifically to vegetables but the comparisons in production are significant. Plot sizes were not specified, but weeded and unweeded plots were of equal size. With the exception of weed management, both plots were treated the same.

So, what’s the issue with weeds? Weeds compete for the nutrients and moisture intended for the desired plants in our gardens. Plants cannot flourish in an environment where they are struggling for food and water. Some weeds put out toxins to control their territory thereby inhibiting the growth of other plants. There is also the unsightly appearance of this unwanted vegetation in our landscape.

So we urge you to WEED EARLY, WEED OFTEN and WEED SHALLOW when close to your desired plants. For those of you who already have a circlehoe, you know how much easier it makes the job.

Just bought one of your circlehoe's. WOW! I am so glad I did. We spend the winter in AZ and once we get home to Wilderville, OR, it usually takes me 3 weeks of bending or sitting on a bucket to pull all the weeds. I used the hoe for an hour today and I'm more than 1/2 done with this detested chore. THANK YOU for a wonderful product! Karen S, OR


Courtney said...

Wow. I didn't realize that weeding made that much of a difference - greatly higher than 100% for all except the cabbage. That's truly astounding. Thanks for sharing that. :)

alljackpots said...

his will help loosen tangled root balls. You can use two garden forks back to back and pry apart the roots to get a good division if needed.

Tyler said...

Wow that's huge! Great resource...I'll keep an eye on my carrots, wow!