In a vegetable garden, weeds are definitely plants in the wrong place, competing with crops for water, nutrients and light, as well as harboring pests and diseases that could spread to crops.
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Weeds are opportunists that thrive on bare soil, which is difficult to avoid after harvest and when seeds are newly sown. Covering or filling the soil, though, makes it difficult for weeds to grow. Landscape fabric or black plastic over the soil blocks out light, limiting weed growth, and crops can be planted in holes cut through it.
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