This Simple Weeding Trick Gives Plants a HUGE Head Start

Are you ever frustrated with the weeds in your garden? You’re not the first…

In this short video I’ll show you an extremely simple trick that will give your plants a HUGE head start on the weeds.

You’ll see how we did this with our carrot bed this year and how much of a head start our carrots have vs. the their competition.

Enjoy!

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9 Comments

  • Joe Cooper

    Reply Reply October 20, 2015

    What about using the propane weeding torch instead of hand cultivation to eliminate the young weeds?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply October 21, 2015

      Hi Joe,

      A propane torch can be very effective as well. Go for it! Flame weeding is a great way to do the same thing. This is simply an easy way that pretty much anyone can do.

  • Bonny

    Reply Reply October 20, 2015

    Excellent idea to let the weeds grow first before you plant your seeds! Love it.

  • Amy

    Reply Reply October 20, 2015

    Well I thought that a brilliant idea! I wonder if that would work well on other crops. Also, it’d be interesting to do a test patch of carrots at the same time you start this type of bed so that you get a real visual of the difference this idea makes. I.e. one bed weed cultivated and one bed directly sown with carrot seeds. Thanks for the idea!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply October 21, 2015

      Absolutely Amy! We’ve done it very successfully on turnips before. It works especially well with anything that is direct seeded into the garden. If you are transplanting plants then they already have a huge head start on the weeds since they are a couple weeks old (at least) when they are put into the garden in the first place. But even then you can still use this method to hold of the weeds even longer. The more you cultivate like this the less and less weed problems you will have over time!

  • karen carlisle

    Reply Reply October 29, 2015

    Paul, would love to speak with you by phone. 317 517 7420 We have started using the Back to Eden method with wood chips. Have you tried them in the high tunnel?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply March 16, 2016

      Hi Karen thanks for your note. 🙂 We honestly haven’t used the wood chips inside our high tunnel. We have done some with our flower garden beds and it seemed to work well. I’ve heard various reports and want to do more testing myself.

  • Vicky

    Reply Reply March 16, 2016

    On your video when you showed the carrots 1 month later which were larger than the new weeds growing, did you then weed by hand those little weeds or leave them? We grow carrots in a block rather than rows, so any weeding is difficult and must be by hand. Hopefully getting most of the weeds knocked down before planting the carrots will help.

    • Paul

      Reply Reply March 16, 2016

      Hi Vicky – that’s a great question. We then weeded by hand a few times until the carrots were big enough to crowd out the weeds themselves. I’d encourage you to consider growing in rows close together as it really does make weeding a lot easier. We have a small enough colinear hoe that we can use to go in between the carrot rows. But if we want to get the weeds directly between the plants then we have to do it by hand.

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