Reclaiming the Garden
There’s nothing I could say about weeds that hasn’t already been said. Everybody is looking for the solution. I think the best solution is to learn to tolerate them… to a point. I’ve been educating myself recently on which ones are actually edible. A surprising amount of them can be eaten by humans. I was weeding today and worked up the nerve to nibble on some purslane. It wasn’t bad at all and I was pleasantly surprised. Grayson was thrilled. He won’t eat brocoli or spinach but he thinks purslane is delicious. Kids are hilarious.
I bought a fantastic book recently at the Seminole Indian reservation called “Healing Plants; Medicine of the Florida Seminole Indians” by Alice Snow and Susan Stans. It’s the first published record of Florida Seminole herbal medicine and ancient healing practices. It explains the uses for quail’s foot and lizard tail. Don’t get excited, they’re just plants. I just love to learn about nature’s remedies. I’ve gone off my topic though. My topic is about removing the weeds and reclaiming my garden space from them.
The clear plastic I put down will solarize the soil. The heat generated will kill the weeds, diseases and pests (especially nematodes) in the top soil and make our garden ready to plant in September (or early October). It isn’t the ultimate solution though because the plastic breaks down rather quickly and then it goes into a landfill. This method works best for me because I don’t have to use any chemicals (which I despise) and it gives me a reprieve from pulling weeds for a couple of months. It actually gives me a much-needed break from the vegetable garden and keeps it looking tidy. I tend to use this time to focus on my fruit trees and add manure around their bases. The summer rains wash away a lot of nutrients.
Even after all the weed pulling, there are still weeds coming through all the cracks around my garden beds. I can live with these. They always go away in the winter anyway. One of my big problems this summer was the eleven different kinds of mint we planted. Grayson and I loved it so, so much. Everybody told us not to plant it in our garden but we wouldn’t listen. I rationalized it by saying that it would crowd out the other weeds that I didn’t want and every step through it would smell like mint. It did smell lovely but it sent runners underground in all different directions and spread like fire. I pulled every bit of it up and out of the garden. We will keep it in pots from now on… lesson learned.
Come grow with us!
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