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Why to Use an Interchangeable Wire Weeder on Your Farm

Wire Weeder

Getting into a weed control routine is essential for the success of a growing season on a micro farm. You want to catch the weeds before you have to spend the entire day hand weeding with your team; which is great for team building but not for time management. The interchangeable wire weeder is a light weight, multi-purpose tool that is one of the must-have in your farm tools shed.

The interchangeable wire weeder is ergonomic and adaptable to different crops. It comes with three differently sized delta shaped heads and one torsion head. The torsion weeder is practical for when you’re working with crops that have drip tape irrigation or when you need to be up close to your crops. The different heads come on a handy carabiner that you can clip onto your belt hoop when you leave the tool shed. This way, it is always possible to change the head according to the needs of the weeding situation.

When to Use the Wire Weeder

For best results, use the interchangeable wire weeder when your weeds are small. / Credit: Alex Chabot
For best results, use the interchangeable wire weeder when your weeds are small. / Credit: Alex Chabot

For best results, use the interchangeable wire weeder when your weeds are in their thread stage or have cotyledons. Simply choose the appropriately sized head, then walk down the row with the wire shallowly pressing into the ground. The wire will pull up the weeds from the roots without disturbing soil life and when using drip irrigation there is no risk of cutting your tape with the wire as it is not a blade. Important to note that wire weeders perform better in sandier soil rather than heavy clay soils or when there are lots of rocks.  

How to Use the Wire Weeder in the Best Ergonomic Way 

Since you can change the head of the interchangeable wire weeder, it can work with different crops. /Credit: Alex Chabot
Since you can change the head of the interchangeable wire weeder, it can work with different crops. /Credit: Alex Chabot

When market growers are repeating tasks week after week, it’s important for the tools to work for your body. The interchangeable wire weeder has a long pole at 59 inches (150 cm) that allows you to keep a straight posture while you work up and down the rows. It’s lightweight at only 4.2 lbs (1.81 kg). Since you can adapt the width of the wire and the angles of the heads, you can work with different crops that have different spacing while only having to carry one rod around your garden. Not sure the wire weeder is the best tool for your weeding needs? Check out our post on How to Choose the Best Hoe for Every Weeding Job. No matter which weeding tool you choose, remember that it is important to take good care of your farming tools to get the most out of your investment

If you need more resources to learn the best practices for using market gardening tools efficiently like the interchangeable wire weeder in bio-intensive gardening, please join us at the Market Gardener Masterclass. The Market Gardener Masterclass is a comprehensive online course that documents all the steps of successful market garden production. Our method has been developed based on over 20 years of experience in organic market gardening and is designed to allow you to deliver consistent results that will guarantee the success of your farm.