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Gone Weeding

June 8, 2014

Dry land gardening is the ultimate slow food…but I need to keep the weeds at bay.




Moulin Rouge sunflower

Moulin Rouge sunflower


Celeriac with easy weeds

Celeriac with easy weeds

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  1. bunkie permalink
    June 8, 2014 12:53 pm

    Looking good! That’s what we’re up to. Love neck of that hoe!

  2. June 8, 2014 1:06 pm

    Is that a swan-neck hoe? We have a regular hoe but I’ve just been wondering about the swan-neck ones.

    • June 8, 2014 9:19 pm

      Lisa, yes, but I’ve seen it called a draw hoe, or garden hoe. I’ve had it so long I’ve forgotten where I purchased it :p With all three sides sharpened it makes short work of weeds and hoeing.

      • June 9, 2014 11:10 am

        Thank you – I’ve seen one for about eighty dollars online, steel forged, and I think it’s worth it.

  3. CassieOz permalink
    June 8, 2014 3:41 pm

    I love your small hoe and I have tilth envy. I’m on clay and still just establishing the critter feed patch so I drool over lovely crumbly fine tilth soil like yours and know how much time and work it has taken it to get to that.
    Beautiful pics as always.

    • June 8, 2014 9:50 pm

      Cassie, ugh, that’s the “new” garden and it’s been 20+years. It’s still not like our old garden that is soooo predictable and comforting. Jane and her mom had a big hand in improving this new garden, it was just pasture.

      • barefootfarmflower permalink
        June 18, 2014 7:08 am

        I’m curious about how you go from pasture to garden? Do you mow it all down and then till? How do you keep the pasture grass from coming back? We took an acre area that had housed pigs for a year, mowed it down, tilled it a few times- and canadian thistle took over! Not to mention the orchard grass kept coming back. I’m keen to convert another area to garden, but I’m not sure the best approach. I want to have it ready by next year.

        • June 18, 2014 7:44 am

          BFF, I am just working on gathering photos for a post about weeds, one I took yesterday was a thistle patch where we mistakenly put pigs in the pasture… 😦 I am not a fan of pigs for tillage in the wet part of Oregon after seeing the after effects of what they have done to our ground. Blackberry abatement yes. Pasture or arable land clearing no, they just make the situation worse IMHO.

          But anyhoo, the old saying what you plow down is what comes up, so if you go out and plow the grass down, then disk you will get grass. So we disk to kill the grass (or you could till, disking is an art in itself),disk several more times to weaken the grass, bare fallow, maybe plow, maybe not depending on the timing, soil conditions etc., cover crop before fall rains and you’re good to go. Or the modern way is to till the shit out of it until you beat the soil into submission, cover crop and you’re good to go that way. I choose bare fallow for weed cleaning over buckwheat or summer cover crops any day, if I want clean ground for annuals. The bare fallow gives you a chance to harrow out the weeds several times over summer and mine that weed seed bank. A good booklet to get or DVD also is by the Nordells, Weed the Soil, Not the Crop. They are a horse farmers but you can adapt their methods to tractor farming.

          DVD $15 + $3 s/h, booklet $10 + $3 s/h

          Anne and Eric Nordell
          3410 Rt. 184
          Trout Run, PA 17771

  4. June 9, 2014 7:37 am

    I too have tilth envy :), but my garden is getting there slowly over time. I have the same hoe – same well worn, worked all my life look to it. It’s just called “the hoe” round here, though there are two others, both different. If I ask someone to get “the hoe” they know I mean this one.

    What is that “easy” weed called? I have it growing all over the end of the potato patch that I didn’t get to plant…and it is indeed easy, since it comes out quite easily by hand or hoe (though it also reseeds ridiculously abundantly).

    • June 9, 2014 7:55 am

      SSF, I love that hoe, it’s special, but I fear one day it will finally be filed down the nubbins 😦 It’s the same here, no one but me touches “the hoe” The handle is the right length for me and no one else so that helps.

      Wild buckwheat, which came in with something… It’s not so hard to weed, so I never really mind it, but it’s prolific just like it’s tame version. Buckwheat quickly becomes a weed if it seeds 😦 The weed giving me fits right now is millet in the greenhouse. Tough stuff.

  5. Bromus permalink
    June 9, 2014 9:42 am

    The hoe! Queen of organic gardening tools (shovel sits the throne). I admit to addiction and neurosis regarding their edges’ sharpness. If they are the monarchs, who are the deities? Mind and body! Keep em sharp till you can’t no more haha! Wisdom of working land. Thanks for providing this beautiful little window into your world.

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