Creeping thistle has become an increasing problem, especially for organic arable farms with soils of high organic matter. Wherever it grows, it competes with crops for water and nutrients. Once established, much patience is required to achieve acceptable levels of thistles. There is no ‘magic bullet’ for its control on organic farms. However, by following certain rules of plant cultivation, in combination with direct methods, thistles can be effectively controlled.
This booklet results from the Organic Knowledge Network Arable project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.
The booklet was produced by FiBL and the English version was adapted by ORC.
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