When it comes to weeding, quinoa is one of the easier crops for saving time and effort pulling up weeds.
Properly preparing your soil is an excellent preventive measure against the emergence of weeds. When you till or cultivate the area where you’ll plant quinoa, remove weeds and debris. You’ll likely find that the first few weeks after planting are the only time you’ll be pulling up weeds in your quinoa garden. After planting and initial weeding, place mulch no later than three to five weeks after planting to further deter weeds.
Once your quinoa plants have started growing, the space in between plants will fill in—and that will smother most weeds. Healthy quinoa plants actually prevent the need to weed!
If weeds come up between your more mature quinoa plants during the season, work the soil around the base of the plants with a hoe—only deep enough to kill weeds and not damage the plant’s roots.
Note: Young quinoa plants look very similar to lamb’s quarters. Those young lamb’s quarters are edible, even though many gardeners view the plants as weeds. When weeding your quinoa garden, make sure you’re weeding out the right plant!
Do you have problems with weeds in your quinoa garden? How do you handle weeding—and preventing weeds in the first place? Please tell us how you manage weeds in your quinoa garden.