Along with the microweeding comes the microcultivation.

When I get enough weeds out, I break up the surface of the ground between the plants with a small hand tool. This will disturb the tiny weeds and weed roots that are left and stimulate the crop roots. I can also push soil up around the bottom of the plants to help support them from the seemingly constant wind we have.

As I’ve said before, we have clay soil which tends to cake up after rain and harden and crack during a dry spell. Cultivating is very important for maintaining tilth and helping preserve the soil moisture.