WEEDING is a much-maligned occupation. Too many amateur gardeners remember having been set to do it when they were children, and they grew up hating it. But given a rubber mat, short fork, trowel and metal skewer, weeding can become an absorbing occupation, and is there any satisfaction (when light is fading and cries from the house tell one it really is time to stop) comparable to the sight of a stretch of herbaceous border with its freshly turned earth cleaned of sorrel, groundseI and the numberless other varieties of gate-crasher that invade our gardens?
Bindweed and couch-grass are among the worst of summer weeds and I have yet to find the weed-killer that really disposes of them, for their roots travel so far underground that what you kill off in one spot merely comes up with renewed vigour some distance away. As with periwinkle and ground elder, the only way is to dig the whole area over, rooting up every bit of root and burning it.
Nettles, too, are foes to any gardener so long as they are growing, hut on the compost heap they become his friends. Dig them out but don't burn them; they are rich in chlorophyll and should be rotted down.
Creeping buttercup can be a real nuisance once it gets a roothold. Burn all roots or it will soon be everywhere. And deal with dandelions by cutting off the plant and piercing down the centre of the root stems with a sharp skewer dipped in weed killer. Hawkweed, with its straight root, will come up quite easily..1. H.