Old timers lettuce bed

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by sylvar, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. sylvar

    sylvar Well-Known Member

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    When I was growing up there was a gentleman who had a garden that was around 1.5 acres. It was very well kept and he always had a good crop. His son was my best friend and he became a good friend too. He always burned pallets on his lettuce bed before he planted. We had a hotdog roast and made a night of it. I always assumed that it was to adjust the ph by adding wood ash, but I am beginning to wonder if he did it to kill weed seeds in his lettuce bed.

    Anybody out there ever seen this done? anybody out there doing it? Anybody know why this would be done?

    Thanks!

    Sylvar
     
  2. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    I suppose a few weed seeds could be burned, but I've burned late fall brush piles on the harvested garden. The soil benefits from the ash in helping to heutralize acid soil, and has potassium content to help many garden plants.
     

  3. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Some gardeners still gather all the weeds and burn them on the beds to improve the soil. Weeds pull a lot of trace elements from deep in the ground that are beneficial to garden crops.
     
  4. kentuckyhippie

    kentuckyhippie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    it also warms the ground so the seeds will sprout well