I have been reading through Eliot Coleman’s book, The New Organic Grower , and came across this poem at the beginning of his chapter dealing with weeds and thought that it was worth sharing.
Since the best way of weeding
Is to prevent weeds from seeding,
The least procrastination
Of any operation
To prevent the semination
Of noxious vegetation
Is a source of tribulation.
And this, in truth, a fact is
Which gardeners ought to practice,
And tillers should remember,
From April to December.
~New England Farmer, 1829
I am always amazed at how fast weeds grow in the height of summer and as much as I try the garden usually ends the season very weedy. 🙁
Below is how my garden back home started last year. I would show you how it looked at the end of the year, just to be completely transparent, but I didn’t take any pictures at the seasons end because honestly, it didn’t cross my mind to document how much I had let my garden go to weeds. 🙂 I will certainly keep you posted on how my garden here at Polyface grows though, and share my successes and failures.
Anyone started seeds inside or planted out in their gardens yet?