Parsley
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Flowers preventing weeds

Zone Portugal | iggy added on April 29, 2016 | Answered

Every year, after the crops and herbs season (spring through beginning of autumn considering being the warmer months), we tend to pretty much stop attending the place where we farm both due to the change in clock time and weather. Remaining unattended between end autumn and end winter, it starts to invite a whole lot of weeds in that field, maybe except in the more "mulched" areas or "always active" beds like Parsley, Thyme, Coriander. Digging is inevitable to prepare the soil but so are the weeds. Thick abundant weeds they are. Having that in mind, I heard a couple of people say that planting flowers after the harvest "prevents" weeds from growing, growing flowers instead and maybe a few remaining weeds here and there but nothing as thick, abundant and hardworking as they usual are...specifically, in fields that aren't attended in the non growing seasons (storms, constant rain, very low temps). I want to prepare so I've been searching for sites and expert sites in both native and foreign language to see if this has some great idea behind it and if it's recommended. My question to you is: do you recommend us seeding/planting flowers in a controlled manner, say like planting crops, but with the objective of preventing weeds from growing? Besides the fact that would make the field more beautiful. Of course, in the warmer seasons it would be destroyed again but at least, in theory, would be less "painful" than the weeds, and since they grew in a controlled manner, we won't lose ourselves in the middle of the nettles either. Eagerly awaiting reply, Iggy

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    kh0001
    Answered on April 30, 2016

    Identifying the types of weeds that are growing in your fields is going to be key, so that you can be sure to use the correct control method.

    We have articles about SO many types of weeds! These articles may help you get started, and then also see our individual articles on different weeds:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/weed-control.htm

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