Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.
I'd been amiss because of ill health, so the coverage -- as in leaf and stem height -- was more than it should have been. But with Scurvy Weed grown as a green mulch that's all you get between the vegetables and herbs.
A jungle of Commelina cyanea is like a meadow and the plant takes over. The trick is to protect your seedlings from being crowded out. Since Scurvy Weed is so shallow rooted -- compared to most other 'weeds' -- it's an easy bit of gardening to pull it off the soil and drop it.
Like tossing a salad by hand.
Just because I'm deploying Scurvy Weed as a living green mulch, it doesn't follow that you should do so too. This is an experimental exercise on my part.
So far so good.
I need to adjust my gardening protocols a smidgen but I'm beginning to love the creature. As a mulch, scurvy weed makes a delicate soft basket on which to rest clambering plants like tomatoes and squashes.
For whatever reason, I'm nasty insect free and the Cane Toads hate the torturous navigation presented by this jungle. Unlike Wandering Jew (Tradescantia fluminensis) the leaves and stems of Scurvy Weed will not poison your pets nor irritate their skin. SW isn't an exotic weed, but a edible native. 'Tis the Wandering Jew lookalike with the blue flower.
Does my Scurvy Weed habit encourage too much greed and theft of nutrients from my vegetables?
Not sure. Not yet.
Is symbiosis happening?
Inasmuch as I can estimate, the only plant to protest seems to be scallions -- spring onions -- and that may be due to being crowded out as the onion family likes open soil -- preferably bare -- to itself.
So adjustments are in order.
My pull and drop activities replicate what a ruminant would do. That and clambering over the beds kneeling to drag at the Scurvy Weed hither and yon.
I used to sickle the Scurvy Weed, but dragging and dropping it is faster and easier -- with less chance of lacerating a prized vegetable's stem.
Of note is my latest tool (pictured at left). A short (camp site type) shovel accompanies me through the beds. While I may use it to dig occasionally, its height is ideal to lean on when I go to stand up.
As an oft user of a walking cane for many a year I can vouch for a push down to push up.
Spare me all the sit down gardening options with their knee saving design tools. I can get down OK -- getting up is hard. And rolling in Scurvy Weed is a pleasant enough interaction with my own botanicals.
Unlike the usual weeding challenge, you get to move fast and pull up the plant without much effort being required.
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