Whats the best way to burn off a garden?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by hengal, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. hengal

    hengal Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    North Central Indiana
    Our garden got out of hand in major way this year with weeds - really tall weeds and I had the worst infestation of squash bugs I've ever seen in my life. :flame: Of couse being in Indiana, everything is now dead. I would really like to burn everything off not only to clear it, but to kill all the insect eggs I'm sure are hiding under the debris.
    I know there are some on here that will say don't burn for various reasons, but this is what we would like to do. It is supposed to be nice this weekend and I'd like to get it done before winter sets in. Whats the best way to do this, for those of you have done it in the past??
    Thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving!! :)
  2. MaineFarmMom

    MaineFarmMom Columnist, Feature Writer

    Dec 29, 2002
    I had a horrible weed problem in one of my gardens last year. Out of desperation, I burned it last fall after the plants were dead and dry. I raked it first to pick the plants up to make sure they were dry and would burn easily. On a dry day I tossed down a few matches and let it go. This year was much better.

  3. Marcia in MT

    Marcia in MT Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    northcentral Montana
    Do you have to call the fire department first to let them know you are going to burn? (We do.)

    If you don't want to rake the whole thing, you might just rake the perimeters inward to create a no-burn line. Pick a non-windy day! Have someone stand by with a hose, of course, and if you can burn after a rainy day it would be so much safer.

    I burn off our flower beds with a propane torch -- one of those flame weeders -- and it works really well in the smaller area.
  4. the mama

    the mama loves all critters Supporter

    Mar 1, 2006
    Union Co ,Florida
    First find out about controlled burns in your area. Then dig/plow a retaining dirt area around the garden. We rednecks use gas, pour small amount at one side and use the wind to drive the fire. Be sure to stand back and light fire by using a lit branch. Have the water hose handy.
  5. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

    Jun 16, 2002
    South Central Kansas
    If it isn't too big why not cover it with poly and then burn it off when snow is on the ground. Little chance of fire spreading to anything else that way.