Matu Collins wrote:One observation: A few years ago (3? 4?) I was overzealous in planting garlic and I left a good sized patch of it alone. It became quite bushy, with each clove trying to grow its own head the next year. Last year I used and gave away a bunch of the thinnings, but it was so thick that this spring you can't tell I thinned it at all. In this area there are some weeds coming up, and some of it is bindweed, but the difference between the amount of bindweed nearby and the bindweed in the garlic is significant. Just an observation.
Another: a tiny shiny bug is eating some of the bindweed leaves. I am not sure what it is. It is only doing a little damage, a few holes here and there. Still, it lightens my heart to see that it has a vulnerability.
A significant thought: Some meditation on the topic has led me to the realization that it is not bindweed and quackgrass holding me back, as the thread suggests, but my FEAR of bindweed and quackgrass. Along with fear of failure, fear of harming the field, fear of lack of funds, all sorts of fear. I looked at "One Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukokua for inspiration, and I found myself changing my attitude. He talks in the book about how he failed in many ways before he came to the methods of farming he was using when he wrote the book. He lived a relatively isolated life for 20 years, with the people around him scoffing at his methods, before bringing the ideas to the world in a large scale way. So here I am, having dabbled in gardening for 15 years, farming for 3 with a gradual learning and implementation of permaculture/natural farming ideas. I have many failures ahead of me and that is ok! Silly me for forgetting that. Even if the bindweed overtakes everything, I can observe that and learn from it. AND If it did, I am sure some weevil or beetle could tip the balance back. All is not lost, all is never lost.
Of course I do want to encourage the other plants which are more useful to me (I have done plenty of looking into the human uses of bindweed- it is mostly just a poison It is NOT ashwaganda) and keep the bindweed in the background. The quackgrass is so firmly entrenched I don't have any hope that I will eradicate it, but I will work on overcoming it too. This thread has been very useful already, and I want to understand these plants better .
Varina Lakewood wrote:
I haven't run across Fukokua's book yet, but I will look for it.
Varina Lakewood wrote: Almost the opposite of redwoods and sea oats, though, since their long taproots are for stabilizing mountainsides and sand beaches, respectively.
Matu Collins wrote:
L. Jones wrote:I suspect you need animals, but I don't know which ones would work best. In general, some sort of portable fence to contain a high density of livestock that eats the stuff down to nothing (or better yet, some sort of stock that considers it a delicacy, but I also don't know if that exists or what it might be for those weeds - pigs, perhaps?)
Pigs do eat bindweed roots, I have considered it before. I am daunted by the price of fencing and the damage to established trees and plants if pigs get out. Everyone I know who has had pigs has had them get out. Maybe it is the answer though. I will look into it more. Anyone have experience keeping pigs in? How expensive was it, I wonder? We don't eat much pork, but I imagine we could learn to...
Noah Figg wrote:If morning glories are more desirable than bindweed, would they help starve out the bindweed due to their similarities? You can get thousands of morning glory seeds for not much, so I would think they are probably pretty prolific on their own.