[Market-farming] What percent of your time do you spend weeding?

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Wed Apr 6 22:13:38 EDT 2016

Don't know the time, but I quickly figured that putting ground cloth 
between plastic beds really pays for itself in saved labor.  Ground 
cloth at Sam's Club, $30 for 225 x 4 ft.  Can pay for itself in one day.

Got a huge chunk of used silage tarp from a dairy and am hoping to use 
that some to reduce plastic mulch usage.  First few years with just me, 
by hand, going to farmers market, we built up a huge weed seed bank.

On 4/6/2016 9:40 PM, Road's End Farm wrote:
> I'm not really sure what percent of my time I spend on weed control. 
> Some of it's tractor cultivation, some of it's cultivating with the 
> rototiller, some of it's wheel hoe, some of it's handweeding, some of 
> it's mulching with plastic or straw (which both serve other purposes 
> as well), some of it's mowing -- and some of it, as Elaine said, is 
> done while doing other things; I'll often weed while harvesting, or 
> while checking crops to write up the harvest lists, or while checking 
> an irrigation zone, or just while enroute from one area to another.
> I'm sure it's more than 5%, though. And I'm also sure it's not enough.
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead, Peru NY
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"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." -
Wendell Berry

"Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - Frances
Moore Lappe

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where the finish line is. - unknown

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