Oh Weeds

Right now it’s weeding time. The field is almost completely planted so the focus is on maintaining and nurturing everything to grow big and beautiful.

20160610_192717

Popcorn

This is the part of the season where you have to remind yourself that as boring as weeding is, it is important and needs to get done. By remove the pesky weeds you are removing competition for your vegetables. Weeds will take up space, suck up water and nutrients, and take the sunlight away from your crops. Tomatoes and popcorn will do their best to survive surrounded by weeds and will even produce a harvestable crop but they won’t thrive. So I’m out in the field with my wheel hoe and hula hoe removing the weeds the best I can.

Hula hoeing tomatoes

Hula hoeing tomatoes

During this time of year it can feel like weeding is a never-ending battle because new weeds just continue to spring up. I plant and space my crops in a particular way so that once they get bigger, they create a canopy that will shade the soil. This reduces the amount of weeds that grow and the ones that do, don’t amount too much. So the regular weeding continues until the popcorn is thigh high, the pumpkin vines cover all the bare ground, the beans plant stand, and the tomatoes become as tall as me. Then the focus will shift to non-stop harvesting.

Advertisements

One thought on “Oh Weeds

  1. I can appreciate your dedication. Hang in there with the weeds. I think it’s God’s reminder to us of how much we need to respect the ground. You are working hard out there but you are free.
    The field looks great!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s