I have most of this winter raking up my greatest weed enemy TRAD into piles, transporting this to an open space and alternating layers of Trad with either horse manure or dry tree mulch to produce composting piles like the ones above. These then settle down after a few weeks into a pile that I can plant into. The Trad holds quite a lot of moisture, and so doesn't need extra moisture to be added when mixed with horse manure which also has a degree of dampness. I've planted out lettuce, zucchini, and now pumpkins into these piles, and everything is growing very well. It has been a lot of work but my fruit trees are now clear of Trad and I've mulched over where the Trad was and I hope that when the wet weather eventually comes all the very small bits left will have dried out and died. It is almost impossible to get all of the Trad up even though it rolls up into manageable piles, little bits break off and remain.  

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  • Lissa, definitely the TRAD. The leaves are shorter and the flowers white. If it rates as a 1 out of 5 for eating, I won't be trying it, as Crocodile Dundee would say "you can eat it . but it tastes like ____!

    • lol

      The Scurvy Weed only gets a 2:5.

    • Blue-flowered is Commelina sp (species name reflects the blue flower) and an Australian native plant. Got my share of it so will try a nibble to see if it passes muster.

  • Hey Roger - was just reading through some of the info in the Edible Weeds group about these types of plants.

    Which is it you have? The blue flowering SCURVY WEED or the white flowered TRAD/WANDERING JEW? Both edible btw.

  • Doing a bit of research and found that its not yet a a declared' PEST' in queensland but a problem maybe .Chooks love it ,and its not harmful to them and the permiculture farmers love it. Depending on how you look at it you really do have a useful weed the way you are utilizing it .

    • Nice to know the chooks love it and it's harmless.  I know what I'll be doing with mine!

  • Lissa, I wish that I had known what to do with this weed a couple of years ago, the problem would have been much more manageable. Better late than never though. I suppose I should be grateful for all the extra exercise that I've been doing while trying to control this weed. There is a silver lining to every situation if you look hard enough!!! I am still very worried that the Trad will be back with a vengeance when the wet season arrives. Still I will get on top of it much earlier if this happens. and It is actually helping me grow veges. What a bonus!

    • Absolutely! You've found a benefit in the situation.

  • 34637032?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024Trad is a type of wandering Jew. My first knowledge of WJ was with the large purple and green leafed type, which while a problem is not as hard to control as my smaller green leafed type. I've included a photo posted before, to give you an idea of it's smothering creeping effect, It will climb up and over fences and trees when we have wet conditions. Now, when it is dry is the time to tackle it to get some control over it before it rains. 

    The photo shows the Trad halfway up a small pawpaw tree and also climbing up and over a fence on the right.

    • That's impressive (in a negative way). Reminds me of Singapore Daisy 'outbreaks' I have seen. I suspect it will be an ongoing task for you to keep it under control. The trick is to never let it get to this point again otherwise the smaller amount of regular maintenance you have to put in from now on will balloon to a huge job...

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