Everywhere you look there is a sea of green. The grass is green. The trees are green. The field is green. And the rows of veggies and flowers are green but not all the green is good. While all that grass is great in the field and I can't wait to whack at it with my scythe and make some old fashioned hand-cut hay (even a farmer can have weird hobbies :) ), it is not so great (or easy) to get rid of where I don't want it, namely my planting rows.
Each year I use a few new tactics to try to manage it and this year it is my ultimate goal (always gotta have a goal right?). I'm tackling it with tarps (to block the light it needs to grow), tillage (to whack it back), weed fabric (to stop it from growing while the plants have their own little spaces and since the other methods don't work while growing in that space), solarization (covering with clear plastic to 'burn' it out), and sometime just yanking it in frustration!
Hopefully this year will be it's downfall! mwahahaha!!!! but really, I need it to go just from my planting beds. It can have the field all to itself!
The weed fabric doing it's job with some nice rows of young flower plants and head lettuce. I am a very 'live and let grow' kinda gardener and always had a ramble of veggies and flowers in my home gardens, but farming requires a bit more strictness, efficiency, and tough love when it comes to what you let grow where.
What's available this week?
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.