June is here and that means plenty of weeding is on the horizon.
Cultivation, hand pulling, or mulches are the primary methods of weed control. At the farm, we are manually pulling weeds or using a Japanese Hand Weeder (one of my favorite tools).
It is so important to remove weeds as early as possible- especially with row vegetables such as carrots and beets. If weeds are able to mature, you run the risk of uprooting some of your vegetables! Weeds can set seed -or spread via rhizomes- which can increase the weed pressure.
Mulches are also beneficial, not only for minimizing weed pressure but also for water retention.
Chemical means are also helpful. Identify what weed you are targeting and select a product that will eradicate the problem. Be sure to read the label and follow directions.
Until next week... (I've got to find some carrots in the crabgrass!)