The 3 best ways to kill weeds
I am not a purist, but if there is an easy way to avoid using poisons I will do it. I have killed a lot of weeds in my time, often just by yanking them out at the root, however these are my favourite ways to kill the bastards.
Weeds in my path are terminated by my killer kettle. I boil the kettle, make a cup of tea and pour the remaining boiling water on the weeds. Dead.
When I am faced with an army of weeds in my bed, ahem, I read the newspaper and then, spread the pages (at least six layers) around the garden and camouflage with a layer of mulch. Not only does this stop the weeds from growing it also helps stop the garden drying out in long hot summers. Combined with the planting strategy in How to plant a plant, your plants have a very good chance of beating the heat.
I tend to save this for the really annoying weeds growing amongst my lovelies, where the other options won’t work, as it is fiddlier.
You will need a spray bottle and vinegar concentrate (available from most garden nurseries or hardware shops) or you can use normal white cooking vinegar, but you will need to apply more of it to kill the weeds. You can add a couple of teaspoons of salt to the vinegar, if you only have a few weeds. I give this salt suggestion nervously, as throwing too much salt around a garden is #notwinning, but plenty of gardens still thrive next to the sea, so I will leave it up to you to decide what will work best at your place.
To apply, put some gloves on, hold the weed in your palm and spray directly on the leaf, as you want to avoid spraying any of the surrounding plants or soil. You may need to do this several times for the seriously hardy weeds. This won’t kill the roots, but hopefully it will give your lovely plants a chance to crowd out the weeds.
I would love hear how you get rid of weeds.