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Archive for May 14th, 2008

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05-13-08watermelon

In reading my Carrots Love Tomatoes book this spring I learned that watermelon grows better amongst weeds. Now, for the last few years I’ve gotten away from planting things in categories, trying to use companion planting to keep bugs and pests at bay and enhance growing but this was my first aha moment with weeds.

They can be helpful! Especially if they have a tap root and reach below the hard pan. So, my watermelon is planted in a lovely patch of dandelions and marshmallow weed (I don’t know if that is what the little beast is actually called but that’s what I’ve called them forever) Eventually I would like to replace the dandelions with hollyhock but my yard is such a slow moving process that I take what I can get and not having to fight the dandelions as much this summer makes me happy.

I can also see a talk in there somewhere about how kids will flourish even when planted in the middle of the weeds as long as they are given plenty of compost, sunshine and water. Not only will they flourish but they may grow stronger and be more productive than those who are planted in the perfect soil with not a weed in sight.

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