- Mulch, mulch, mulch
- Don't till the soil
- Irrigate only what you have to; ie: drip irrigation
Given that there are approximately 140 weed seeds per pound of soil, the more the soil is disturbed, the more the seeds are exposed to the elements they need to sprout: sun, water, and air. Avoiding tilling eliminates sun and air, mulch eliminates sun, and drip irrigation eliminates water. Reich claims that his method reduces weeding time down to just five to ten minutes per week! My goodness, what would I do with all that extra time?!
Here is how our garden is growing this week (you can check out last week here):
Red tomatoes, your days are numbered!
Itty bitty zucchini.
Green bell peppers not too far off.
Chamomile is finally starting to produce flowers.
An assortment of things: Chineese cabbage, lobelia, melons,
chard, celery, and cucumbers.
Isn't flowering arugula pretty?
This is our first time letting it go to seed.
Leeks, more lettuce, more melons, carrots and parsnips.
Our beet box: this contains an assortment of heritage beets including Golden Detroit
(yellow root), Chioggia (red & white concentric rings inside), Bull's Blood and Cylindra.
Russian snow peas hide our compost bin.
Front and center: two varieties of kale.
Still haven't been able to bring myself to eat
this pak choy. It just keeps getting prettier.
The star vegetable of the week: broccoli. Our first ever successful
harvest - thank you floating row covers. I am disappointed that we did not get those lovely 'button' heads. From what I have read, this is a cold related problem. Next year we'll have to transplant before the last frost date.
Getting the broccoli ready for supper.
Sautéed garlic scapes and broccoli stems in coconut oil: yum!
Tomorrow night we eat the florets.