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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An organic mulch of straw suppresses weed growth and also looks attractive. A layer of mulch around young plants also helps fill gaps between rows with fast-maturing crops like lettuce, or scrambling plants, such as nasturtiums, leaving less space for weeds.
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