Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Right on Mike!
- . I don't know about my
> blackberries, though. They don't seem particularly happy with theIn an established blacberry patch in nature ,there is not one weed among
> weeds. >
them ,they makes sure to shade the aera fully . and they know how to take
over grassy aeras.
somebody wanted a solution for couch grass here we have one and very
productive by the way .
a black berry patch is a wonderfull start for a vegetable garden ,
beautifull earth free of weeds , you still have to work on cutting them back
as they resprout.
Tell me more about the strawberries in the weeds. I just pulled some
weeds from around my strawberries today. I noticed the stems were
getting taller and the plants seem sturdier than the ones I have
growing in the non-weedy place. I wasn't sure if it was the
difference in the varieties. I have Sequoia growing by themselves,
Quintana in the new bed amongst the weeds, and a native growing in
the dark under the redbud.
Glad to hear about the peppers, too. I was just about to try
planting some bell peppers in the shade of the hackberries. The
pomegranate seems to like it there.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Gloria C. Baikauskas"
> Letting my strawberries stay almost buried in the weeds that cameup
> around them was the best thing I have ever done for them. Mike andI
> have talked about this before......that weeds seem to help thingsin
> like fruits....and probably veggies, too. I don't know about my
> blackberries, though. They don't seem particularly happy with the
> weeds. Not sure why. My two remaining grapes are barely visible
> the weeds. My worst enemy is well-meaning friends and family whothe
> come over and decide they will weed for me. It is difficult to get
> people to understand neat and tidy is not always the best way.
> I have been experimenting both with leaving the weeds, and with
> pulling weeds in successive time periods to build a thatch in areas
> already in a bed situation. I suspect that leaving the weeds is
> best way. It looks rough, but then I tell everyone it looks likeno
> gardener lives here anyway.by
> Robert, I have been growing tomatoes on the edge of shade for years
> now with great success. Also peppers seem to not mind the shade.
> The trick is to have some sun hit them during the day by choosing
> where at the edge of the tree (still in mostly shade). I do this
> watching the path of the sun. If you can hit the right spot on thework
> edge of the shade they will do fine. I don't know if that will
> in a cooler climate than we live (Texas and Louisiana). Of courseI
> am using single trees in this endeavor. There were no trees herehad
> when we moved in seven years ago. With the drought years I have
> to limit the number of trees I plant in a year. The shade helps toclimate,
> prevent cracking that occurs in tomatoes in the heat of our
> as well as continues pollination and flowering necessary forare
> continued production which ordinarily stops here when the nights
> over 85 degrees F.
- --- In email@example.com, "EponaLady" <eponalady@y...>
> Gloria,growing by themselves,
> Tell me more about the strawberries in the weeds. I have Sequoia
> Quintana in the new bed amongst the weeds, and a native growing inHeather, I am growing the very same varieties of strawberries as you
> the dark under the redbud.
are. The strawberries before I let them grow in the weeds were small
and didn't ever seem to grow.......They certainly never put out any
baby plants. These with the weeds are as you said....the stems are
strong with much larger leaves. The fruits are larger, too, and
probably sweeter. Can't say in comparison now because I let them all
go to the weeds this year. This bed is what I set up to be my puzzle
garden in which I used stepping stones to act as the lines in a
jigsaw puzzle planting on both sides of the broken lines (stepping
stones) the same plants so that it would truly look like jigsaw
puzzle pieces. I like to use strawberries as edge plants in my beds
for a few reasons, not the least of which is that it provides a
healthy snack for my grandson now, and my son when he was growing
up. The leaves of the strawberries add iron to the soil, too.
These strawberries have been in this set of beds for two complete
years, this season being their third there.
I am glad to see someone else sharing this grand experience. It
makes me feel so much better to know I am not chasing rainbows with
this effort. I still have not purchased the book....and I am
forgetting the name here right now......that tells you what the soil
is lacking.....or getting...from the weeds growing in it. It is next
on my list at Amazon.com, though.....on my wish list.