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Tomato roots as weedkiller

One of my old-fashioned gardening books says you could use an extract of tomato roots as an organic weedkiller. Has anyone ever tried it? And how do I make an extract of tomato roots???


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 9,900

    I am fairly certain that this is not true, seeing as at the end of the season, most of us compost our tomato plants, with no adverse effects.

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
  • The book says that, to surpress weeds, mainlty couch grass, you could better plant tomatoes or spray with an extract of their roots then use a chemical weedkiller. It would be a pity if it didn't work, because it would be very cheapimage 

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    I could see it as an insecticide, but not a herbicide? 

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    I can confirm that the extract of the leaves works pretty well as a pesticide... but as a herbicide seems very doubtful.

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