I hate weeding. This farm thing is really enjoyable, but I’m beginning to understand why herbicides are all the rage. It gets you out of weeding. With my work responsibilities and all, I have fallen a bit behind on weeding. In fact, some of our crops are no longer discernible from the weeds, so we’re going to have to till it all up and start again.
The last couple of days, I have spent a lot of time weeding the salad greens. That is one of the few things that we have to sell at market right now, so we need to assure that they are doing as well as possible. It’s tedious and I didn’t do enough at the front end of this process to prevent weeds so now is especially bad.
So here are the things that I wish I had done:
- Waited to till the ground until it was dryer so that it would have been less clumpy and easier to weed
- Planted more plants in the greenhouse and waited to put them in the field to give the plants a head start over the weeds
- Tilled the ground one more time before planting to disrupt weed seeds
I could come up with more, but those are the big three that I will be doing next year. For this year, I’m going to call some crops a loss because I literally can’t find them in the field of weeds. Those plants that I can find and identify as what I planted, I’m going to painstakingly weed those beds. The time and annoyance spent weeding should teach me something. And hopefully I’ll do it better next year.