The three 'T's of weed control, tillers, tarps, & time. They work wonders, especially on grass. I know because last year I tested it and covered a few rows with solid, black silage tarp. All the farmer blogs, books, videos say it works but sometimes you gotta see for yourself that it works in your context. Those few rows stayed over 95% weed & grass free for the whole season with only a few unnecessary plants popping up that blew in or jumped over from neighboring rows. Thus, any unplanted or fallow ground will be tarped for the winter and together with other methods I should have a very weed free next season.
Each week now sees more tasks and items on the to do list that have to do with prepping the farm for winter, as well as next season, as the cool weather slows down more and more crops and foretells the impending hard frosts and freezes to come that truly mean the end. It is an introspective time for making notes of what worked and what didn't, what hopes there are for next year and what needs to be avoided.
But the farm isn't totally done yet as the potatoes are being dug and the flowers keep pushing hard to finish blooming amid the cool mists of morn and evening and midday as the need to raise their little tunnels up becomes less and less so that they stay cozy and dry all day and night.
This week I'll be at the Kootenai Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Riverfront Park. It's a great event with music, food, kids activities, and many local vendors or all kinds of goodies! I hope to see you there!
What's available this weekend?