How to fight thistle in the vegetable garden: ways that will help permanently remove the annoying weeds

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Thistles are a real nuisance for any gardener. While some weeds are relatively easy to get rid of, this one will require a lot of sweat.

This tenacious weed is very harmful to plants. Vigna talks about how to save your garden and crops from thistles.

"Thistle is an incredibly dangerous plant that draws all the moisture and nutrients from the soil, preventing other crops from growing. This can lead not only to a loss of crops but even to the death of your garden.

There are two types of thistle: field thistle and common thistle. Common thistle is an annual weed with a powerful but not very developed root system, while field thistle is the opposite.

Field thistle can grow up to two meters high, and its roots penetrate 3-4 meters deep into the soil. Even if you dig it up as much as possible, a new plant can still grow from the remains, so you will need more than just weeding to control this plant.

How to fight thistle in the vegetable garden: ways that will help permanently remove the annoying weeds

Fortunately, there are a number of folk remedies that have proven their effectiveness over time. They are environmentally friendly and no worse than chemicals. Remember to apply them to each plant separately and to treat them on a dry and windless day.


Dissolve 5-7 bottles of ammonia in a bucket of water and water each weed at the root or spray them well. The poison will start to work quite quickly, and the thistle will begin to die the next day.


Use undiluted kerosene to get the best results, but be careful and treat the plants spotwise. After a few days, you can collect the dead remains of the thistle.

Vinegar and salt

To prepare an effective poison against thistles, dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt and 5 tablespoons of vinegar in a liter of warm water and spray the weeds with this solution.


This is probably the easiest way to deal with thistles. Just sprinkle soda on the weed bushes and wait for rain or morning dew.

Precautionary measures

  • Plant dahlias around the perimeter of the bed. Thistle does not like them very much;
  • Sow green manure such as peas, rye or alfalfa. Wait for them to germinate and then cover them with cardboard and leave them to rot until spring. In such conditions, it will be difficult for weeds to survive, and the soil will receive additional nutrition.
  • Mulch the beds with dry grass, sawdust or cardboard.

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