Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:38
I keep veg rows free of weeds ...and plants.
years ago I made a wooden tool.....like a rake with 4 prongs 7.5 cm apart. it makes 4 rows for carrots,,spring onions, beetroot, etc. excellent crops close together that then deny most weeds during the growing season. Every group of veg thusly planted is separated by 37.5 spaces. This is a legacy from my grandfather that I find I cannot improve on....even though science and my "superior" techniques have been tried.
I lay compost of varying sorts...mushroom, garden, manure, seaweed ...on the top in autumn and scratch this into top soil in spring. An addition of fish blood and bone too. My soil is a good sandy loam and, so far produces well.
The only "plants" I have ever added were tagetes as some research showed they were good companion and pest deterring plants.