the organic market garden



It was only three days ago that I suggested to Ad that we Roundup the organic market garden. (How's that for full disclosure? No one's perfect. Least of all round here.)

We'd started so well. The pigs went in last Autumn. They dug it up beautifully. Then there was a delay in the completion of their new digs up the hill and after the kikuyu grass was all gone, the weeds came back. Pigs don't eat weeds. The weeds grew tall and lush. We're rookies when it comes to clearing and cultivating and I kept looking at those weeds and wondered how we'd clear the paddock. Oh, we had lots of advice. Mostly chemical. Because of course if we just slash it and mulch it we'll just dig those weeds back in. So we need to clear it by hand. When I say 'we', I haven't done much clearing. When I suggested Roundup, Adam was the most shocked I've seen him in ages. He said something along the lines of, sure, why don't we just become Monsanto reps while we're at it?  then, are you kidding? then, you're not kidding. Then, please don't ever suggest spraying Roundup again. We're farming organically. There's your hoe, honey.

And then he went out and hired some expensive labour.



I go on record to declare Uncle Adam is fired from striking enterprise bargaining arrangements with nephews or children. Or maybe I should just go work for him. Conditions were conducive to chatting. Although I have to hand it to them, they worked pretty hard (at times.)




 Thanks, fellas. Weeds were chipped out. We're on our way. 




8 Comments on “the organic market garden

April 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

LOL @ the roundup suggestion! Thats kinda like me declaring that “we would no longer let any organic matter leave our yard – there is a use for all of it!” and the very next day telling hubby to just chuck the flax leaves into the green waste bin. He just stared at me (much as I expect Adam stared at you) and calmly suggested we use them as mulch instead. Sometimes, even those of us with the best intentions forget or get swept along with the easier option.

That hoeing looks like hard work though!

April 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

I think this area is too large but you can also suffocate them out. Get a big sheet of black plastic and weigh it down with bricks. The weeds dont get water or light and die back, killing them at the roots.

April 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

I just had a combination choking and laughing fit. Thank god for Adam. I think it’s a great idea to get the boys involved. How many boys nowadays get the opportunity to hoe a paddock or to get tired because of the amount of work they’ve done? Not many. Keep speaking your truth, love, and I’ll be here reading it.

April 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Loved this, and I love your husband! There’s your hoe, honey!!!

April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Adams’ hoe – best nickname ever. Lol
Be sure to let Adam know my backpack carries 10 litres.
Love u guys

Katie Lee
April 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Perhaps at your market stall you could have your own blend of nettle tea which includes a splash of Roundup. I can see it now…Buena Vista Nettle Tea with a secret ingredient which will cleanse your digestive system. Brings a whole new meaning to the question, “What’s your poison?” By the way, are you accredited as an organic farm with the governing body for Australian origanum farms? KL

April 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Yes you are hilARious xx

Julie @ Tui Creek Tales
May 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Love it, there’s a lot of people around here who say they garden organically except for round-up 🙂 I haven’t resorted to it yet but I’ve been very tempted! Good on Adam!


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