The best way to keep weeds under control is by hoeing annual weeds and digging up perennials.
A good thick mulch will also suppress weed growth as well as retaining moisture in the soil.
Plant ground covers, such as pachysandra, ajuga or alchemilla, in larger areas.
Use boiling water on weeds in gravelled or paved areas or a flame gun.
HANDPICK OR HOSE
As gardeners of relatively small plots, we have a big advantage over the large commercial growers.
Simply picking off aphids as they appear and crushing them or hosing down affected plants will reduce the need to spray.
Adopt a more relaxed approach to what you might otherwise think of as weeds. For example, nettles are a wonderful breeding ground for the larvae of butterflies, as are thistles, docks, sorrel weed and meadow grasses.
So consider leaving a patch of
Tucking in: A Ladybird eating aphids