quick note on water preservation/desirable weeds
- Hi all
Just another quick weed rant here--you've all come to know this is my
obsession by now. One of the best ways I know to retain water in the garden
during the heat of the summer is to let the chickweed grow. It is an
excellent and nutritious food in its own right and makes a wonderful living
mulch for plants without being obnoxious. It is very "watery" and keeps the
soil underneath amazingly cool and moist. It also helps prevent grasses and
noxious weeds from sprouting. Best thing is chickweed is very
shallow-rooted, so it easy to move aside when you want to make room for a
cultivated plant--just spread it apart with your hands or pull it up and use
it for mulch around the new plant. If it crowding out your cultivated
plants, you can easily pull it up (harvest it, that is!) without damaging
the roots of surroundng plants.
I'm definitely including chickweed seed in my next round of seedballs. Seems
like it would also be a good groundcover for fruit trees and such.