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Discussion in 'Weeds' started by flowerbug, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Aug 20, 2018
    flowerbug

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    now that i'm done with the fine weeding of the ground covers along the edges and out and away from most of the spring bulbs i can dig a big hole and bury most of the rest but it will mean sacrificing some of the strawberry plants i started in there last year. it won't happen this week or likely next but i've got to quarantine all of those oxalis seeds or i'm sunk... there's some crabgrass in there too, but not too much i can deal with that...

    as for creeping jenny i use that as a groundcover in the low spot and it has finally filled in that area so i don't have quite so many weeds. it still gets some, but not nearly as many in that place as before. i have to weed it a few times a year. i'm encouraging it to grow along that edge further and up the slope and also letting strawberries grow over it so there is more than one layer of cover and the strawberries even give me something in return for the weeding effort. i'm just messing around with trying different things as cover and then seeing if strawberries will produce with that underneath. if the deer didn't keep munching off the strawberry plants i'd get a lot more from them...
     
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    i may have to resort to cardboard and mulch next year to smother things in there for a few years in there so i can keep up with the rest of the gardens i'm trying to work on until i can get back to this. i'm hoping the worms will eat all those tiny seeds and turn them into fertilizer... i can probably keep up with some more formal rows. i never really know what i'm going to get done recently until it happens.

    purselane is an edible. i have tons of it in there. i don't mind it nearly as much as the oxalis. my big mistake was removing a lot of the other cover plants i had growing in there when i weeded it last year. thinking i was going to be able to get the strawberries to spread a lot more than they have and also being able to plant beans in there this year. both didn't happen.

    we used to have a small tiller but this clay was murder on it and it broke a few times and we ended up giving it to a nephew who wanted to fix it again. i haven't tilled anything since i leveled the big garden to the NE about 8yrs ago. so all digging around here now happens by hand and shovel at a time. more often i scrape it and then rough up the area with a rake and then try to get some other cover growing before the weeds can come back. i'm failing this year, but the buckwheat is trying and i see some radish seeds i can use out there so some chances for cover to return and also leaving certain plants in place until i have something better to replace them with. hardly any rains the past several weeks. we need a good soaker.
     
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