Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Easy Weeding

Last year we put in our square foot gardening fixed beds. These gardens are the most wonderful gardens ever. OK- that might be an exaggeration, but they are wonderful. The soil is so soft and rich.

Last winter we put our chickens in the garden and let them peck the grubs out and till up the soil. Worked great.

I had the wonderful idea (ahem) to put hay into the garden, and let the chickens peck out the seeds. Didn't work so great. See all the clover mixed in with my poor tomatoes?

That's a lot of weeding, y'all.

Until Josiah came up with an wonderful idea. He took a piece of old metal screening, and scooped the dirt and weeds onto it. Since the dirt is so good, this was easy.

He sifted the dirt back onto the garden box, and the weeds remained on the screen.

I happen to think it was pure genius. A few of my marigolds have some dirt dusting them, but my tomatoes are breathing a sigh of relief. Just ignore the KNEE Josiah has pressing into my beautiful, wonderful, non-compacted (except for under the knee) garden beds.

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  1. Good job Josiah! Hey friend, I like your log borders too :-)

  2. The borders are cedar logs the electric company cleared from under the lines on our road. I love a good deal!