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There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler






Saturday, 22 March 2014

Weed Killer Opinions

Anna has written a warning about too many salts in a garden and the link she gives has good advice. However, Epsom salts are not magnesium chloride but magnesium sulphate and can be used where there is magnesium and/or sulphur deficiency
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_sulfate#Agriculture).
Like everything, a balanced and careful use seems to be the best idea.
The link Anna gives has an excellent point usually overlooked: some plants we see as weeds may well provide benefits, especially in La Axarquia stabilising the soil.
I was removing the rampant, bushy weeds growing in my garden on a very steep slope at the side of an old terrace when I realised that these plants were the only things providing stability to the slope in wet winters.
Yes, remove them if you're replanting, but not just to clear 'unsightly weeds'  -- you may regret it the following winter, when you're looking at several tonnes of soil that slipped down your garden (and yes, it did happen to me and fortunately 'only' ruined my herb garden)!
Paul

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