Posted February 15, 2013 by Troy in Farming

Know the Weeds in Your Organic Farm

DandelionWeeds are common problems in organic farming. Simply because they get in the way of the crops’ full potential—not to mention that they steal their nutrients. In order to fight them, you need to know the most common weeds in the world; listed below are 5 of them.



Scientifically known as taraxacum officinale, dandelion is a perennial weed. It is commonly found in Southern Canada, Arizona, Texas, California and Florida. Although they can blossom seemingly beautiful flowers, still they can prevent your crops from growing since this weed can be as high as 1 foot tall.


One way to prevent this weed is to how it before it flowers. You can also spread some corn glutens during the early spring in order to subdue its seedlings.


Annual Sowthistle

In Science, Annual Sowthistle is known as sonchus oleraceus. It spreads by seed and it can be as high as 18 inches. You can usually find it in almost all the the United States. It usually blossoms during July up to October.


In order to fight this weed, you need to dig out the whole root. You can also cut on the line of the soil ‘till the roots cease to sprout.



Carpetweed is mollugo verticillata in Science. It grows annually and it can grow up to 1 foot. It can be found almost across the whole United States. It also has flowers and they blossom in June up to November.


In order to prevent this negative outcome of having a carpetweed, you should pull them as they appear. You can also mulch them deeply in order to smother the seedlings.


Large Crabgrass

The digitaria sanguinalis is also an annual weed which spreads by seeds and roots. Compared to other weeds, it can be as tall as 3 feet. But like the others, they can sprout between June and October.


You should pull the whole plant out—don’t forget the roots. In order to avoid seed germination, you should mulch them first or let the weed grow up to 4 inches. You can also use corn gluten in order to suppress the seedlings.


Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is not just a fictional character, it’s a negative weed that can ruin your entire organic farming processes. Although it is a  perennial weed, its damaging capacity should not be taken for granted. Actually, the whole weed is toxic. You should wear protective gear as you get rid of them.


In order to take them out, you should cut them at their base and let them dry out. For everyone’s safety, bury them in the trash.


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