Jason Padvorac wrote:
...But to make a living from growing vegetables, I have to be able to maintain a large area with fairly little work. As much as possible, I have to optimize away from needing to go around with a hoe and clippers. The goal is to arrive at a place where I mostly just plant and harvest. There are people doing that already, but they use tilthers, weed cover, and other stuff like that which I am trying to avoid.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Don't you find that black medick gets too tall? it gets over 2ft tall here which will swamp most plants. It's commonly used as a green manure crop and against weeds in conventional ag round these parts. (and grows quite happily in my lawn and graveled areas)
Ben Schiavi wrote:I remember eric toensmeier saying he uses violets as low groundcovers around his edibles. Now that I think of it i might start using australian native violets in my garden :)
Here in Portland, I have clovers, prunella, veronica, violets, wood sorrel, chickweed, scarlet pimpernel, poppies, scotch moss, (yes) mints and strawberries, field madder, arugula, radishes, beets, cilantro, borage, quinoa/millet... all (near)self-propagating every year. I keep a shaker of collected seed that I sprinkle on every bare patch of dirt.