Permaculture forum: Weed Control Strategies from a Market Gardener

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hazelnut
Sep 19, 2015 9:45 AM CST
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/pest-contro...

I ran across this in the Mother Earth News newsletter. Some of the tools he mentions: black silege tarps, a power harrow, a wheel hoe, I am not familiar with, and Eliot Coleman's colinear hoe, I knew once, but have since forgot. Not often is there new information about how to weed a garden bed--and keep it weeded until the crop is harvested.

Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Sep 19, 2015 12:06 PM CST
Nice article. I can see that maybe a few tools might be used with food forest gardening.

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hazelnut
Sep 19, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Well this is the power harrow. Apparently it is most popular for organic gardening in eastern Quebec. And it is for both weed control and pest control. it controls pests by burying crop residue, but unlike a plow, does not have the disadvantage of turning the soil--which would destroy its structure, and its microbiome.

http://www.kuhnnorthamerica.com/us/ag-practices-trends-contr...

And here is the collinear hoe--operated by Eliot Coleman himself, on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR8mXcXBfVI

Another Eliot Coleman tool is the broadfork: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5484-johnnys-520-broadfork.aspx

And, the wheel hoe: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/garden-tool...

This one shows the shape of the collinear hoe's blade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gviCadB-ppo


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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Sep 19, 2015 12:57 PM CST
I think the collinear hoe - the small one - would be the best bet for forest gardening on a suburban scale.

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hazelnut
Sep 20, 2015 5:15 PM CST
This is my favorite weeder, but I can understand that most Americans like to stand up when they are weeding.

http://www.japanwoodworker.com/Product/159447/Flor-Hand-Gras...
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Sep 21, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Nice! Yeah, I mostly like to stand up when weeding. For small areas - not market gardens - the winged weeder is nice if kept sharp.

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