“Every year is notable for something. This one may well be remembered as the year of the weeds. When Mark taught agriculture in Venezuela he was known as el diablo de las malezas – the Weed Devil. He can absolutely wear you out talking about the fine points of weed control.
Out of Control at Essex Farm
This year, though, the weeds in the potatoes and the field corn got away from us. Those fields are far from the barnyard, and the half-crippled Diablo did not get out to see them with his usual frequency. We missed a couple of key cultivations, and next thing you know, the lambsquarters and ragweed were taller than I am.
The corn will be what it will be, but we must clear the weeds from the potatoes before we can dig them. It is a daunting task. Lindsay has been leading weeding crews in that field whenever there is time to do it, and they have brought up several impressively heaped wagonloads of lambsquarters…” [Continue reading Kristin Kimball‘s Essex Farm Note]