[Market-farming] greens and weeds

Russ and Rosie russandrosie at comcast.net
Sun Nov 27 00:51:28 EST 2005

I don't know if this is cost effective for you but the last year I did 
lettuce I was using a commercial compost (that contained a lot of bark) on 
my lettuce beds.  I planted lettuce plugs thru the compost.  Alternately 
one could lay down a strip of weed-seedless soil on top and plant lettuce 
seeds in that.  You could experiment on a small scale.
The high bark content kept weed seeds from sprouting.  I didn't have weeds 
probably for a year or so after I stopped doing lettuce.  (FYI - I don't 
believe in crop rotation and kept planting lettuce in the same beds.  The 
compost is quite persistent.)

Tanglewood Farm

-----Original Message-----
From:	Mike Emers
Sent:	Tuesday, November 22, 2005 10:20 PM
To:	'Market Farming'
Subject:	[Market-farming] greens and weeds

As summer and fall have long given themselves up to cold and snow on our
farm, the planning for next year has begun.  One of our high priorities
to correct next season is getting our baby greens production back to
where it once was - our biggest moneymaker per area.

Our weeds (mainly shepard's purse and chickweed), after several years of
poor management, have built up a healthy seed bank in the soil and can
choke out the slower germinating lettuce seedlings very quickly.  Even
after letting weeds germinate killing them for several iterations and
then sowing my greens, we still have too many weeds.  We've also tried
the window pane technique of watching for the crop to germinate under
the glass and then flaming the bed. I tilled in several hundred feet of
baby lettuce rows last season in frustration.  We don't have this same
problem with the faster growing mustards, but spinach is also a drag.
So any suggestions out there other than plasticulture?

Mike Emers
Rosie Creek Farm
Ester, Alaska (sitting cozily in zone 1)

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