SERVING YOU FROM WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA
The following photographs were taken on the Eden Valley Farm
in Loveland, CO, 1992 - 1999.
At the time the 60-acre organic farm had a 10-acre market garden which supplied
an on-farm produce stand and several farmers markets.
In addition to 1/4 acre of fall carrots several hundred feet of bed were planted
to carrots, beets and direct seeded onions every two weeks April through June.
Planting carrots into a "stale bed", prepared two weeks before.
Flame weeding just before carrots come up.
Pre-emergent flame weeded carrot bed that was not cultivated or hoed shows contrast between flame-weeded bed and un-flamed path.
On this bed we ran a single torch on each row. You can see how many weeds would have been in the row by looking at the weeds between the rows. It is better to flame the whole bed, because it is a hassle to get rid of all the weeds between the rows.
Carrot beds on left have been pre-emergent flamed and cultivated with the tractor, but not hand cultivated or weeded. To the right of the push cultivator is a weedy patch that was prepared at the same time as the carrot beds but not flamed.
Carrot field at harvest time.
Beets coming up in a flame weeded bed. The weeds in the path to the right are about the same size as the ones in the bed that we flamed.
Beet bed has been cultivated, but the rows have not been weeded.
Cleaning up the few weeds that remain with stirrup hoes.
Direct seeded onion rows that were flamed before emergence, with un-flamed pathway on the left. Thistles on the right popping up from their established root system.
Getting ready for the market.
Click here for a Growing for Market article on flame weeding: Fire Your Weeds!
1711 Mud Lick Rd.
Glenville, WV 26351