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Look out for docks and this­tles that have come up among seed-packet sow­ings of an­nual mead­ows. If you can’t reach weeds to dig up from sur­round­ing paths, use a bamboo-cane to hold stems to one side to avoid tram­pling while you get in to weed.

Har­vest peas reg­u­larly and thor­oughly re­move all ripe pods. If left to ma­ture new peas won’t form.

Pull weeds by hand from amongst onions – hoe­ing too close dam­ages the roots caus­ing the bulbs to run to flower. If this happens the onions are ed­i­ble, but won’t keep.

Cut artichokes with a few inches of stem be­fore the gi­ant this­tles open.

Com­frey is a companion plant for your com­post heap. Plant to sup­press weeds on the edge of your kitchen gar­den and the blue blooms will at­tract pol­li­nat­ing bees, while the leaves and stems if cut green can go straight on the heap as a home-grown com­post ac­ti­va­tor. You can also make a fer­til­izer pil­ing the leaves in a bucket and crush­ing un­der a con­crete block. Af­ter a few days a dark elixir runs out that when di­luted

1:10 with wa­ter makes an ex­cel­lent feed for to­ma­toes. The best va­ri­ety is called Bock­ing 14 as it has vig­or­ous leaves, but the flow­ers are ster­ile so don’t spread from seeds.

Com­frey can aid plant growth

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