There are a couple of points worth remembering about hoeing
- do it as early as possible to avoid seedlings emerging; it's best done when the soil surface is dry as the weeds stand much less chance of re-rooting if the soil surface is dry and finally that you have the right length hoe as it is important that you are as upright as possible when hoeing
to make it easy on your back.
, weeding and pinching, Irrigation and other cultural practices, Selfing of flowers/plants, Spray of insecticides/pesticides, I larvesting of seeds of varieties/single plant progenies
MULTAN -- Gram is a short duration but profit-making crop and experts believe it can give good production provided growers apply hoeing
and trimming techniques and take good care of the crop.
REGARDING the letter about allotments from Brian Mettrick (Mailbag, April 2) I too was taught the merits of hoeing
Weed seedlings grow quickly in warm conditions, and weekly hoeing
between rows prevents weeds getting established, spreading and setting seed.
Most organic farmers shun herbicides and fossil fuels and instead faithfully rely on hoeing
to battle weeds.
A draw hoe, where the blade is carried on a curved neck at right angles to the handle, is better for more controlled hoeing
near plants and for chopping into weeds growing in more restricted spaces.