I have some mustard greens naturalized into my two yards.
They bolted and went to seed weeks ago.
Around that time I was establishing new beds with plant starts.
In one bed I scattered a bunch of the dry seed from the mustard greens.
Today I was checking on the beds.
I had lots of grass and bindweed in every bed except the one that was filled with tiny mustard greens instead.
After weeding, I grabbed more dry branches from the greens and stripped and crunched them over the beds.
Even if I have to pull the greens because they ate squeezing out my main crops, I will at least get a harvest.
Has anyone else has good luck undersowing to supress weeds?
Now you remind me, it's about time to plant daikon radishes for fall harvest. I found out they tolerate low light very well as understory plants, then after you harvest your main crop, they take off and form big roots.
Location: Central Texas zone 8a, 800 chill hours 28 blessed inches of rain
posted 1 month ago
William Bronson wrote: Is there an edible nitrogen fixer that would work for undersowing this time of year?
Type 2 or 3 soybean would definately work in your area. Mung bean needs about 60 days. Red Ripper cow peas might make maturity. When is your first frost typically? Sunn Hemp will give you a good winter mulch to protect the soil in 60 days, but nothing edible except maybe your animals.
Not a nitrogen fixer, but pumpkin vines will kill off a lot of that undergrowth in corn.
I'm liking the Mung beans, I know where to get them, and sixty days is nothin'.
Red rippers sound good too, I've never had real cowpeas, I've heard great things about them.
First frost has been landing near Halloween for the last 5 years or so.
Plenty of time if I get on it.
Even if I get no beans, it would give me a chance to try bean leaves.
I imagine they are not very tasty fresh, but if they are like grape and mulberry leaves, drying them will improve their texture and flavor.