So I have a smallish vegetable garden in my back yard which I have just turned into a blackberry patch as I was wearing myself out trying to weed it. It would take days to do, grow back quickly and kill my back.
But that got me to thinking. My city is ringed with farming communities and as you drive by you see fields of uninterrupted corn or soya beans, with nary a weed in sight.
Now I know that modern farming practices and chemicals are largely responsible for this.
But what did they do in the olden days? I’m assuming the backbreaking labour of hand sowing and reaping a med - large sized farm crop took up most of one’s time.
What did they do about weeds? Did they do it by hand? Just tolerate them?
Any insight offered would be greatly appreciated.