have to weed the fields, you have to kill as many of the weeds as
possible, so the plants you want will have room to grow. Usually
women did most of the weeding, using a hoe.
Since there were no chemical fertilizers or herbicides, the soil was
exhausted quickly, and weeds were a constant problem. To meet these
concerns, the peasants planted only one of their fields each season.
The other was left fallow. The village animals would graze on the
weeds, deposit their manure, and, before the remaining weeds had
seeded, the peasants would plow them under.
The crop would be weeded once or twice in spring and summer, and
then harvest began in late July for the winter crop and in August
for the spring.
Rye, Olive Trees,