To Weed or Not To Weed


Squash Battling Back Weeds

Someone asked about how I weed all our acres of gardens. The answer is simple…

…I don’t weed most of them. Mostly I grow plants that are mean enough and tough enough to battle the weeds back on their own. This squash is demonstrating it’s power. Sunflowers simply grow taller than everything around them and shade the area with their dense leaves. Pumpkins crush down the weeds with their tendrils, weight and huge leaves.

I have some kitchen garden areas for more delicate plants that I do weed but for the most part the field vegetables I plant are tough customers used to fighting it out on pasture… and winning.

Something that is key to understanding this is that most of the ‘weeds’ are actually food. If I don’t eat them the livestock do. Most of the plantings I do are for the livestock in the fall. We just open up areas and let the animals in so they can harvest when the time comes as the fields wane. The pigs, ducks, geese and chickens are delighted at the grasses, clover, lambs quarter and other juicy bits mixed in with sunflowers, sunchokes, pumpkins, squash, beets, turnips and other ‘official’ vegetables.

Outdoors: 77°F/54°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/63°F

Daily Spark: Until lions start writing down their own stories hunters will always be the heroes. -South African Proverb

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